Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday April 2, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 2, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Apr 2, 1888 I made an arrangement today with a servant who was employed here a short time ago, to take charge of my room for five dollars a month. I happened to come into my room one day while she was at work and the careful and intelligent manner of working interested me, as I have had to complain many times of the slovenly way the work is done here. I wrote Mrs. Cassidy a note yesterday telling her I was going to try this experiment[,] that I was not offended at her, but that I thought perhaps her girls had too much to do. She apparently took no notice of it, but last evening she came to my room with fire in her eyes and attempted to bully me, but I shut her up by telling her I did not care to hear what her servants said and that there was no use talking about the matter as I had decided upon it and had already hired the girl. She attempted to prejudice me against her and threw out various insinuations which I did not notice but told her if she did my work well that was all I asked of her and if she didnt I would try something else. She went away [threatening?] me with Mr. Wells the agent tomorrow. I felt sorry for [?] because I think she has a difficult role to fill and she is not fitted for it. She is a virago and a mischief maker and I dont want any trouble with her.

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