Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday August 5, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 5, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Aug 5, 1889 It rained heavily during the night and was coming down most dismally this morning. I went down town in the rain and called to see Cantine and had a talk with him about Girards affairs. Girard came in to see me after dinner and the result has been that I have endorsed a note of $1500 for him which he says Coykendall told him he would discount for him. He is to give me a mortgage on his interest in his fathers estate and also a mortgage on his house. I do this not so much for security as to impress him with an idea of his responsibility and to make it impossible for him to alienate his interest to outside parties. I told him I had said all I intended to or could say in the way of counsel or advice, but that I should try to keep myself informed as to his income and his expenses. He looks very troubled and harassed as well he may and if he will only learn wisdom from his troubles they will not have been in vain. Mrs. Reid (Fanny Stringham) called. She wants Sara and me to visit them at Quogue but I told her I could not now much as I would like to. Just before she left a carriage drove up containing Rev B. T. Philips who used to preach here, his (third) wife and his daughter Mrs. G[?] Hasbrouck and her baby. Mr. Philips looked remarkably well except for his being so much bent with rheumatism and seemed pleased to see Mary and me. Sara had gone to a Home meeting but saw him at Julias. He told me his daughter Gertrude named from my dear Gertrude was twenty years old, was a teacher and a very bright woman. I have never seen her. They made a long call which we were glad to have them do and at six oclock they left for their home at Manchester N. J. We expected Cantine to tea but he did not come. Downing came up by the 3.30 H. R. train and arrived here just as we were going in to tea. I have given him the outlines of my plan and tomorrow we will go at the measurements. Sara and I went down to Mrs. Stringhams to call on Mr & Mrs. Reid. The rain cleared after noon and the afternoon and evening have been cool and pleasant with a moonlight [rising?].

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