Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday December 21, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, December 21, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Dec 21, 1889 Girard sold a lot to Geo. M. Decker, over on Chester St. I made out the deed and was about to send to Calvert to sign, but in the afternoon as he and Girard were to go over there I went over to stake out the lot when I found I had made the deed for the lot South of Miss Bakers instead of the one North of Eunists. I told him I could easily make out another but he could take either one he chose. He went and looked at the other and decided to take the one he chose first. Meanwhile Dederick the carpenter and his partner came [?] and measured for his cellar. After they all went I with Toms help staked out the lot. In doing so I threw down the map rolled up and some little boys came along and carried it off, not knowing I imagine what it was. Fortunately some other little boys saw them with it and by paying them a trifle they went and got it for me. I went home and wrote out a new deed and a copy to keep which made four I had written. I signed it and put in in an envelope to send to Calvert for his signature and gave it to Girard to mail. Geo. Forsyth called in the morning and invited me to dine at John Forsyths this evening. There were there besides me Sen. Mr. Cross and a Mr. [Formow?] formerly state Librarian at Albany. He had knocked about the world a good deal, was a bright and an educated man and so we had a pleasant evening. Mrs. Forsyth presiding at the table.

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