Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday January 21, 1880

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 21, 1880, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Jan 21, 1880 Received a notice of assessment for a sewer on Union Avenue. I dare say my father has one four times the amount. I do not know what to do. This is entirely unexpected and I have not the money to meet it. We are taxed to death. Booth came to see me and we had a long confidential talk on several topics. He wants to let me have money to pay off our mortgage at a low rate of interest to relieve me of some of my anxiety. It hardly seems right for me to allow him to do it, but he seems to want to and I am going home on Saturday to talk with my father. I had a notice of an assessment for building a sewer in Union Avenue. This is totally unexpected to me. I suppose my fathers is at least four times as much. I cant pay it. I have no money and coming now just after I have exhausted myself to pay the taxes and interest I am entirely discouraged. Mrs. Booth came while Booth was here to see the new pictures. She liked the Don Caesar and the Petruchio but did not like the Benedick at all. I agree with her. I think it very poor. She looked very ill and was almost out of breath when she reached my room. I wrote to Sara and to Mrs. Sawyer and in the evening called on the Boardmans.

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