Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday July 23, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 23, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, July 23, 1886 Mary, Lucy and Sedgwick went to N. Y. today. I drove them up to the morning train. They have had a cool and lovely day. The atmosphere has been rich and splendid and the mountains very beautiful with a sky of exquisite blue and fine masses of clouds. Shortly after they left Sara and I were talking over our affairs and she advised me to go and see Hiram Romeyn, that perhaps he or Charlie his son might know of some one who might buy our place. So as I wanted to call on them I drove up to Kingston taking little Dwight with me, and stopped at Clarks drug store to find out if Romeyn were at his place. They directed me to the farm on Lucas Turnpike but when I got there I was directed to the Pell farm near Burgevines. I drove there and found a lot of men at work in his fields and painters at work on the house and every thing in confusion. One of the painters told me Romeyn had driven in to town and so I returned that way but did not see him and thus ended that scheme. I saw fine skies however and a beautiful landscape. After dinner I went over to my studio and finished the copy of Boughtons picture which has come out very well. I painted on another picture I brought up from N. Y. with me and am in hopes I can make a good picture of it. This evening I received a letter from Kurtz enclosing one from Hanna & Ives dated the 19th in which they say they have my pictures yet because they have a good promise of selling the Autumn picture and if they do not it will be shipped on Wednesday. I sincerely hope they have sold it but fear it will fail at the last. He said Mr. Ives had replied to my letter but if he did I never received it. If I can only have a little quiet and can work in my studio it will be a blessing. There is where I am happiest when I can produce something and can fix all my thoughts on my Art. Genl. Grant died a year ago today. Tom got in the last of the hay today and we have more than we have had in a long time, Tom says more than we ever had before, but I think he is mistaken.

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