Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday September 18, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 18, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Sept 18, 1886 A cool autumnal day with N. Wind. A letter came from Eastman Johnson from the Profile House, White Mts. where his wife was somewhat ill. They were going directly to N. Y. as soon as she could travel. Had been at Bar Harbor and do not seem to have been at Nantucket. He dislikes Hotel life and visiting places and wants to go off with me to some place among woods and waters. I wrote him at once telling him what an unsatisfactory summer I have had and sent him Whittredges letter and asked him to go there as I was hoping to go there. I shall probably hear from him next week and also from Whittredge and I have about made up my mind I will go to Arkville. My success this winter it seems to me depends upon my getting some fresh impressions and I have determined to sink other interests and duties and go there for a while. It was such a cool day that Tom and I went down on the side hill and tried to straighten up the fence but I found it so hard work I had to give it up and defer it until Henry can [help?] Tom. I am not able to such hard and straining work. It has been [a?] sober, melancholy day but I am thinking of my sketching trip and so [have?] been a little less unhappy.

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