Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday August 15, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 15, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, Aug 15, 1886 A charming autumnal day, clear and cool with wind from the N. so cool this evening that we were chilly sitting on the porch. A day to be happy, and yet this morning I had a feeling of almost absolute despair. Sara came to my room and I could not help pouring out to her my discouragement. Still this evening I felt calmer and have tried to direct my thoughts from my anxieties. I wrote to Booth asking him if he will take my Boughton picture for the interest ($500) due last Feb. and allow me to have a copy of it. I told him I still hoped to sell the place and the difficulties and anxieties of the struggle to keep it until I could sell advantageously. I directed the letter to Newport with instructions to return to box 160 Rondout if not called for. Calvert came up on the Powell last night, Marion having gone to the Kaaterskill house with Mr. Andrews. Sam Coykendall and his wife called this evening on Lucy and Andrews. We sat on the porch and talked for a couple of hours. Calvert talked mostly with Sam who gives me the credit of getting him to employ Romeyn to design the addition to the Ulster Academy. Nothing was said about our place and his talk of buying it by him and of course not by me, but I confess I do not give up the hope that he will buy it.

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