Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday August 26, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 26, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Aug 26, 1886 The first thing I did this morning was to go down on the side hill and mend the fence. It was very hot and on the steep slippery side of the hill was very hard work for me. Mrs. Treat nee Mary Kirchner came before tea and remained to tea and some time after. Meanwhile Lucy had gone down to call on Mrs. Coykendall and made a long call. She learned that they had no idea of buying our place except once when the Major threatened to sell building lots on Wurts St along their place, and she represented that they were getting on harmoniously now. I think that is the real state of the case. She does not want to leave there and will not if it is possible to remain and so goes my hope of relief in the sale of the place to him. Although I feared some such result from Lucys visit I confess a feeling of despair swept over me for now I see no way out of our entanglements. I will try to submit but I fear our property will fade away from our sheer inability to hold it. I have done my best and contributed every cent I could earn to save it but it begins to seem as though I could not go much farther.

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