Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday August 1, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 1, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Aug 1, 1889 It rained heavily during the night and has rained at times most of the day. I went down town to do some errands and to see Cantine but he was out. I went down again after dinner to invite him here to tea but he was still out and I left a note for him inviting him to take tea with us. He drove up in Schultzs carriage just before six, Schultz with him to tell us he could not stay to tea as he was going to Saugerties. He called me aside for a moment and said he wished to speak to me privately a moment. He asked what I would take for the plan including all between Chestnut St and the fence on the side hill and from Marys line to my line. He said he thought he might be able to sell it as a whole, that he had reason to think so but did not come to explain. I told him I would take thirty thousand dollars which I thought a very reasonable sum. He said he was going to Kennebunkport on Tuesday I think to be gone some time and wanted to make this inquiry before he went. I showed him the plan I had made to show its capabilities for dividing into lots and told him I had written to Downing to come up and assist me. He advised me to go on with it so that if his later proposition failed I would not be retarded in this. I confess I am quite curious to know what the new idea is. I picked the first ripe tomato today.

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