Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday August 11, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 11, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Aug 11, 1886 A series of annoyances have distinguished this day. The first thing after breakfast Girard told me the tenant of the house under the hill wanted some repairs to the wood house and I was obliged to go and see about it. Tom began to haul the winter coal this forenoon. The first load he broke the pole of the old wagon and the wagon itself is so old and rickety that I am afraid it will not hold together until we get the coal in. Tom and I spent the afternoon repairing the fence towards the common. It was very hot although there was a strong S. wind. It discourages me to see every thing wearing out and not to be able to replace them. I had a letter from Hanna & Ives. As I feared, they kept my picture for some would be customer and at the last he declined to buy and they have sent it to Kurtz for Louisville. So ends one of my hopes for a little money and now I have the Fall exhibitions to look to and they are generally most unproductive of sales. O dear! I wish we could sell this place. I sigh to be released from these wearing anxieties. I went over to the back lots this morning. Every where money and attention needed.

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