Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday June 12, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 12, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, June 12, 1886 Went down town after breakfast to do some errands. Took my father along. We drove out to where Terrys house once stood before the slide and came back by the Point road. The wind was from the North, a cool and bracing air. Calvert came while we were at dinner. Directly after dinner my father, Sara and I drove to Eddyville where Sara went to see a couple of patients. We waited for her near three quarters of an hour then drove over the bridge and she called to see Mrs. Lounsbery another patient and then home, stopping in Wilbur to see Miss Booth. She and her father were in her little store. She had the look of a careworn, struggling woman and I fancied he had been drinking. Twenty five years ago I knew him as a flourishing and successful man. We came up Muts St. and over at Coykendalls there seemed some building going on--what I could not see, but it gave me a discouraged feeling as though he had perhaps decided to stay there and given up all thoughts of buying our place for that is uppermost in my mind now all the time, in my anxiety and distress. Calvert and I sat on the porch and he told me of his hopes in connection with the Park. There seems now a probability that he and Olmstead will have a joint appointment as consulting authorities, the Niagara Park promises rather in his favor and he has several causes for encouragement. We talked over our affairs here but came back, as we always do to the same point. I expressed my discouragement and told him that I could not go on much longer in this way. I feel utterly disheartened and wish I had the wisdom to act in some decisive manner. A letter came from Eastman regretting they could not come and an insurance policy from Wood on the pictures of the Artists Mutual Aid Society for me to take care of. I cut this notice of Barry Grays death from the Tribune today. He used to me in our set twenty years ago but I have not seen him for a long time. It gave me a feeling of sadness to know that another of my friends was gone.

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