Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday August 6, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 6, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Aug 6, 1889 A fine day. Downing and I got to work about 10 oclock and have been at it all day but there have been some difficult points to decide and towards evening new ideas presented themselves which will necessitate alterations tomorrow. After much discussion we decided on the street at the rear of the Chestnut St. lots instead of up on the plateau. While we were in the midst of our work and greatly perplexed, Genl Sharpe drove up to tell me that one of the men whose designs for the soldiers monument are still here had come and he wanted to meet the committee and asked me what hour today would be convenient. I told him of all days in the year this was the one I could least afford to spare but finally agreed to go down at 2 oclock, and I changed my clothes before dinner and expected to go, but as Downings time is limited and valuable, and as I really have little choice in this monument business, it not being at all what I recommended and want, and as this matter of getting our land laid out for sale is very important, I made up my mind I would not spare the time. Accordingly I wrote Genl. Sharpe a polite note, stating how it would spoil and confuse my plans to leave my work and how little choice I had in the matter of the designs, I should be obliged to ask him to release me from my engagement. I sent it to him by Girard who stopped in to tell me Coykendall has not discounted the note I endorsed, but gives him some hope that he will in ten or fifteen days. I doubt it, but Girard seems not to. Sara went to tea with Julia Dillon to Miss Isabel Forsyths. It seems she was greatly disappointed that I did not come as she supposed of course I understood I was included. I am very tired tonight for I have had a busy and perplexing day.

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