Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday May 18, 1887

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 18, 1887, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, May 18, 1887 The atmosphere is very thick with smoke so that we cannot distinguish the opposite shore of the river. It rained a very little this morning. I worked in the shop making a shelf for the top of Saras book case and then worked in the garden. I planted the second crop of peas, the okra, string beans, lima beans and sowed some mignonette. Went over to my studio this afternoon and cleared the wood out into the wood house. I told Josephine I would want my house Sept. 1. She expressed no surprise but I think nevertheless it was a surprise. I told Tom that he could have it then and I would charge him no rent which I think will make him feel better. Marion who was over at Girards this evening told me a carriage with a team of white horses drove to the end of the garden and then returned and when opposite to her asked if Mr. McEntee lived there (pointing here) and whether Mr. Jervis McEntee was here and for how long. She said I was up for the summer. She said they were very nice looking people. Sara says the same people drove up here on Friday and looked about. I am curious to know who it is and hope it may be some one who wants to buy the place. Sara cant get any one to white wash the kitchen and I am going to do it tomorrow. I hope they [wont?] come while I am in the midst of that.

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