Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday June 17, 1875

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Thursday, June 17, 1875, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Mr. Frank Weeks came up on Monday evening and Tuesday morning we started for Griswolds on the Rondout leaving here at 8 and arriving there a little before 8 P.M. The distance is 16 miles to Shokan. 5 miles to Watsons Tannery. From 3 to 3 1/2 miles through the Gulf to the foot of the falls, but we went around by the mill fully 5 or 6 miles. 4 miles from the falls to Griswolds. A fire had swept through the woods two or three weeks ago and destroyed two bridges. We were obliged to lead the horse around and carry the wagon over the ruins, a most difficult feat. Two men happened along who assisted over the last bridge and then told us we might have avoided both of them by driving through the stream. We found the places on our return and came without difficulty. We found the Griswolds just as usual. The old lady said she had been looking for me. We got there Tuesday evening pretty well tired out. Wednesday we fished down the stream but the water was so low and clear that we caught only a very few. In the afternoon we went up stream to the upper burnt bridge and fished down but with almost no success. We left for home Thursday morning at 8 and reached house by 4 going around by Hills Mill as they are peeling bark in the Gulf and the road is obstructed with logs. Weeks left for New York this morning. It was lucky we came home yesterday for it began to rain in the night and has poured ever since. Found Lory Stoddard here. His father brought him up Tuesday. Weeks told me R.W. DeForest would like to buy my Danger Signal if it came within his means. He could spend five hundred dollars, but felt a delicacy in broaching the subject. I told him I was going to send it to Chicago and if I did not sell it there I thought on its return I would let him have it, but could not promise to unconditionally and so it is to be left open until next fall. The money question is the all important one as usual and I have to look as far ahead as possible.

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