Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday July 7, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 7, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, July 7, 1886 I awoke with a sense that something decisive would occur today. I had a talk with Girard about going to see Cantine and trying if possible to get an offer through him from Sam for our place. I did go down and saw him, and found out that Sam and Cornell are so involved in their quarrel that it would be unwise to broach the subject and am convinced that until there is some settlement of their differences (which Cantine told me Sam said, could not go on longer in this way and that they would have to be settled now) Sam is in no condition to buy our place. It was a relief to me after all to come to this conclusion for I have been pondering how to open the subject to him. Now I shall trouble myself no more on this head but look for relief in some other direction. Disappointing as this is it is nevertheless a relief to know this much. I am inclined to think there will be great trouble between them and Sam may any day want to come here. On the other hand circumstances may so shape that he will not want it at all. It has been a very hot day and my father has suffered from it. He did not want to go to bed and sat up until ten o'clock. Now I am going to try to think of my art if possible.

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