Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday September 11, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 11, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Sept 11, 1888 Have been over on Chester St. to see if Mr. Sears the city engineer had driven the iron bolt in the angle on the West side of Chester St. where our property joins the Wolfer estate, as he said he would on Friday when we left there late in the evening. He had not done it and I did it myself having taken a large hammer along. This will now be the point to verify all our measurements from on Chester St. and is exactly on the line between our property and the Wolfer or Samson property and in the corner (W) of the angle in Chester St caused by the street being ten feet narrowed North of our line. President Clevelands letter of acceptance for a second nomination which he at first considered so dangerous to the liberties of the country has been published. It is a repetition of his free trade theories with an attempt to soften them. The reply of Maine this morning is over 20,000 majority for the Republican state ticket. It amazes me that any man of sense can regard Cleveland as a more than very commonplace man, and yet plenty of intelligent men seem to think him a great statesman. I was over at my little house this afternoon getting my painting materials in readiness to go to Bisby Lake whenever the time comes. I went up stairs to our little bed room. It always makes me very sad to go over there, it looks so shabby and seems so neglected where dear Gertrude and I used to be so careful of everything. I wish we could go and live there, since we must leave here for I should like to grow accustomed to the place again and to put it in order and to feel I am to spend my days there.

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