Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday May 17, 1887

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 17, 1887, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, May 17, 1887 I paid Tom his wages yesterday and today sent the balance of my rent $73 to Mr. Wells. The air is murky, full of smoke. I went to work at the fence and spent the whole forenoon nailing on the boards which had been torn off and securing such as was loose and bracing it in weak places, but it is in that condition that it will need constant tinkering. Sara wanted Josephine to whitewash the kitchen but she declined. I think I have indulged them in living in my house without paying any rent, about long enough. I asked Tom today how he would like to live there and he replied he would like it but when I asked him if he would pay me the rent he is paying now he was not so decided. I think I will let him go there without paying rent. Here is another question to settle. I know Henry and Josephine will be surprised when I tell them to look for another place, but they have made themselves objectionable to Sara and to Girards family and I think they have been there long enough.

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