Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday November 15, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 15, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Nov 15, 1886 Have had a busy day. Directly after breakfast I went over to Chester St. with Henry and set him to work, then down town and ordered a wheelbarrow and two shovels. Afterwards to Kingston to advise with Judge Kenyon about getting a power of attorney from my father to transact his business. He finally advised me to get a lawyer down here to execute it and spoke of Chipp whom I went to see. He drew up the paper and his partner Preston who is a notary came up with me in the wagon and executed it with my father. After dinner I went over to where Tom and Henry were at work and Henry suggested a cart instead of a two horse wagon to haul the dirt. I harnessed the horse and drove down to the Cement Cos office where I saw Ned Tomkins who kindly agreed to lend me a cart and harness and that is all fixed. Mr. Kenyon thinks I am not sufficiently fortified against objections that may be made against grading Chester St over the lands of others and advises me to get the Common Council to order it done so as to secure me from trouble. He is a very cautious man and I shall go before the Council on Friday night and endeavor to get the authority. I had a letter from Mary and one from Downing saying they would all come up for Thanksgiving. I am going to N. Y. tomorrow morning to see about my plans for the little pictures and to see Bowyer about the advertisement.

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