Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday September 20, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 20, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Sept 20, 1888 The cisterns over at my house half filled with the rain of last night but it has all run out again. I went down in them to see if I could discover the leak and as it has sunk in the original cistern just to the bottom of the iron pipe leading from the new cistern it seems probable that the leak is in the pipe which is about 15 inches long and may have rusted through. So I made two plugs of brick which I cemented into the pipe, one from each cistern and plastered it well with fresh cement & sand half & half. Then we disconnected the pipe from the wood house to the new cistern and laid a drain of drain tile to conduct the water off past my outside studio but had it only partly done before it grew dark and threatened rain.

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