Wednesday July 17, 1889
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 17, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Wednesday, July 17, 1889 One of the loveliest of days with a delightful temperature. I got a note from Sara from High Falls but did not read it until I got home. She wanted me to come up there tomorrow by the 9.30 train and we would come home together by the afternoon train. I went back down town and telephoned to her I would come. I also had a note from Joe Cornell telling me he had been here and could not find me, that Mr. Houghtaling was at the Grand Hotel and that he had handed him my note and I would probably hear from him--which I have not. This afternoon I made a sketch from the dining room window to try to get the relations of the landscape with the soft luminous sky. I read again in my diary of 1883. I had a successful winter and was cheerful and happy. That winter I painted one of my most successful pictures "The Yellow Autumn Woods" and I sold a number of my pictures. I seem capable of painting just as good things and I am getting more interested and think more about my Art. I wish I were somewhere where I had nothing but my painting to occupy my attention for I love to paint from Nature. Yesterday I got the old saw sharpener who rides about in a little tow wagon and has a red and black spotted dog, to come up on the hill and put all the saws in order, five in all. I wish I had money to keep every thing ship shape and in order. I used to over at my little place and mostly with my own hands. It has been a pleasure to live on this lovely hill today. Nothing could be more beautiful and peaceful. The Cornell fire Co. went to Catskill to a firemens parade and Girard went with them. There was an alarm of fire about 1 o'clock this morning. The Freeman said it was Mrs. OReillys barn opposite the City Hall and the bones of a man were found in the ruins. It is thought some tramp slept there and set it on fire perhaps by smoking.
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