Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday August 16, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 16, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Aug 16, 1889 I slept under three blankets last night and was glad to stand in the sunshine this morning before breakfast. It has been a most beautiful day, such an one as my observation of many years shows me, occurs in August. I was down town in the morning and before dinner dressed myself to attend Palmer Canfields funeral, but while we were at dinner John sent his man up to say we would go to Leggs Mill fishing. I hastily changed my clothes and went back with the man leaving Julia Dillon here who had come up to see my Mexican sketches which I showed her over at my studio. The drive out to Leggs was very pleasant. The landscape was rich and full and there were fine skies and I think the mill and its surroundings never looked more beautiful. I would have liked to paint it. We only caught five bass but we had a delightful afternoon. There were several parties there during the afternoon. We rowed down the creek to the rock at the town and came home about half past 6. I feel very cheerful and hopeful. I suppose it is because my mind is occupied with the arrangements for the proposed sale of our place. I spoke to John about my buying the house and two lots with it and one in the rear and he said he thought I ought to do it and could do it. If I can without involving myself any more I think Sara and I will buy it together. I had a note from Downing in which he said he and Calvert would come up tomorrow afternoon.

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