Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday July 30, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 30, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, July 30, 1888 Sara went with John McEntee and Ettie Livingston to bring Nannie home from Middletown. They left about 5 oclock. Sara went down to Johns to start. They had two horses and a covered carriage and were to drive to New Paltz to breakfast. It has been a pleasant day, somewhat clouded at times, pretty warm in the sunshine, still a good day to drive. I went down to the mail and to do some errands. A letter came to Sara from Lucy giving an account of the arrival of Genl. Brooke and party who have gone into camp somewhere in the vicinity of Fort Bridger. All of the garrison except Capt Howe and 20 men are to go on a long march some 200 miles I understood to Strawberry valley to be gone six weeks at least. John is to go in command. Lucy will not come East until after Johns return. I am getting ready to go away Wednesday, and in spite of myself I have a melancholy feeling about it. I hope I will find it agreeable there and above all find something interesting to paint. As one grows older there is a disposition to cling to ones comfortable and accustomed surroundings. I went down to Johns house last night to see him about Haucks offer for the lot on the side hill. He thinks as I do that it would be a risk to sell to him and we had better wait a while to see if we will not get an offer for the whole property. Girard told me a man was looking at lots on the side hill this morning and asked him the price. He told him $30 pr foot. He did not demure and said the time was near when they would be wanted. I think there is an impression we will be obliged to sell which we endeavor to counteract. Dick Van Gaasbeck asked me today if he should serve notice to curb and gutter Chester St as the contractor could not finish the street until it was done. I told him if it had to be done I saw no objection but that I had no money to pay for it now. As near as I can estimate we will have to pay for about 800 feet including 100 feet for Van Gaasbeck property and 50 ft. for Mrs. Folant and the cost he told me would be about 40 cents pr. foot, but it is a great advantage to have the street graded, in fact it is a necessity in order to sell lots and I hope we will soon have some money coming in from there.

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