Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday September 17, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 17, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Sept 17, 1886 One of the most uncomfortable days of the season, damp and close in the morning with a hot south wind the rest of the day. It is slightly cooler this evening with West wind, a heavy thunder shower having passed around us. I had a letter from Whittredge from Arkville where I think he has been the most of the summer. He finds it even more interesting than when we were there in 1872 (I think) and wants me to come out. I confess it gratified me to have him express this wish for in spite of what I considered rather cool treatment of me when we were at Kellys Corners together, I have always had a great liking for Whittredge and regretted that he did not care for me as much as I did for him. I thought at that time I never would go out with him again, but now that he wishes me to come I would like to join him and make some sketches. I wrote him so and told him it was difficult for me to leave home, but if I could I would like nothing better than to join him. I have no money and it seems almost impossible to get any, but I know it would do me a world of good in my work this winter if I could get away for a short season of sketching. I presume I will have to get a note discounted, for I know no other way to get money and trust to selling something to meet it. I dread to do this and will not for a few days hoping I may hear from some of my pictures. I made our a list of colors I need and sent for them today. John McEntee came up this evening to talk with Sara. Nannie is at High Falls but is no better and John is evidently greatly troubled about her. He thinks now of having her go to Meads on the way to the Overlook. I saw a notice of the death of Pinchots mother in the Post yesterday.

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