Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday November 1, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 1, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Nov 1, 1886 Andrews went to N. Y. by the 6.10 train and returned this evening. Mary went home to N. Y. and Jamie to his school at Highland Falls by the 11.55 train. Jamie felt very forlorn at parting with his mother and we all felt badly. I felt sorry for Jamie remembering how homesick I used to be going back to school and thinking what changes may come before we all get together again. At noon I went up to talk with Dick Van G[?]beck about grading the Chester St. He was just going away and I had only a brief conversation with him. He is to be at the Common Council meeting next Friday evening where I am to go and he will see to my getting the grade of Chester St. He thinks these lots the most eligible in Rondout and that they will not sell until the street is graded, advises me to give some good fellow a lot if he will build on it, which I am willing to do. I drove Lucy and Sara out to make some calls this afternoon. We went to the Ludlums where I did not go in. From there we went to Ned Tomkins' but saw only Mrs. Snyder. We drove to Mrs Lindsleys but she was not at home when we came home through the Strand. Sedgwick and I drove up to the station to meet Andrews after tea. He had stopped to see Jamie at his school and at West Point. Sedgwick told me with a keen sense of humor of some of the packers and Indians at Gaston and I advised him to write some of these reminiscences and send them to the Harpers "Young People"[.] They would be very original and entertaining. He and Tom have been getting in the beets in the garden he with his goat and wagon against Tom with his wheelbarrow. Sedgwick has dropped his watch in his work and is greatly troubled about it, but I hope he may find it tomorrow. It has been a mild and most lovely day.

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