Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday September 12, 1886

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

Sunday, Sept 12, 1886 There have been threatenings of rain today but it has only sprinkled a little. I went down into the cistern to see its condition which seemed satisfactory. It was much cooler last night and has been today. I have felt less troubled, more quiet and I think it is because I have succeeded with my picture and feel that I have accomplished something. Lucy, Andrews, Sara, Jamie and I went over to my Studio today to see it. It looked very well to me and they all thought it very successful and an attractive picture. I have been thinking of my work today and feel an interest returning. I am sure my old enthusiasm would return if I could get a little money and have a little relief from the anxieties of living and providing for the demands upon me. I wrote to Kurtz at Louisville today to find out whether my Detroit picture ever got there. I sent Hubbard a check of $60.82 for our winter supply of coal which leaves me only about $40 in Bank. I shall have to pay Tom $25 next week and then must devise some way to get some money, probably get a note discounted at the bank, which I dread to do without some sure provision to meet it. I also wrote to Bowyer.

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