Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday August 22, 1884

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 22, 1884, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Aug 22, 1884 Went down town to do some marketing and to get two gallons of whiskey for cherry bounce for Mary and me, Josephine having got the cherries yesterday. It was suffocatingly hot down there. I saw Wood and went to his office to see about Turcks affair. He had several notes which Turck had and which if he has paid them all would reduce his indebtedness to my father considerably. We went to the Rondout Bank to see if any of the notes were renewals but could not find out. The transaction seems to be in confusion and my father does not seem to know any thing about it. Wood is to find his bank book to see whether the notes were all paid or not. I am in great anxiety about it and am greatly afraid we shall not have as much coming as we expected. I was glad to get back on the hill for the heat was intense. I made the cherry bounce 6 bottles for each with three others only partly filled. We had rain this afternoon and a cool wave is announced to be here tomorrow. I am reading Mrs. Carlyles letters. To me they are most pathetic and interesting. I read in my journal of 1876 this afternoon and found many things of great interest. Many events which seem commonplace today are extremely interesting after a lapse of a few years. Calvert came up on the Powell. He gave me a brief account of his interview with Joe who was at his house last night. Mary has also had a talk with him at his request. I feel sorry for him although I feel he has rashly put himself in a humiliating position and at the same time much charity is due a lonely and discontented man as he is. The troubles of life take infinite shapes.

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