Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday July 18, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 18, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, July 18, 1889 Went down to the post office and from there rode up to the station and took the Wallkill Valley train for Binnewater where Freds man met me and drove me up to High Falls. It was a beautiful day, like yesterday but a little warmer. Fred is putting the road in order from his mill to High Falls and it was excellent. I arrived at the house at 10 30 just an hour from Kingston and had a very pleasant day with Annie Lee and Sara. Will Nortons two boys Alery and Hastings are there and Fred and Annie had gone to N. Y. to return this evening. Annie Lee is very anxious for me to have an exhibition of my pictures in Boston and had a great deal to say about it. I was pleased with her interest in me and her evident respect for my pictures as an artist, but I could hardly encourage her to hope that I would be able to do what she proposed. However she is to spend a little time with us before she returns and we are to talk further about it. I walked down below the Falls and was much interested in the picturesqueness of the place. It is very pretty all about there and the whole landscape was doubly lovely in the air of this charming day. There is just a slight sense of the summer being on the wane. The flowers and grasses have a late summer look because, I presume, every thing is in advance at least a fortnight this year. I saw in a swamp just a suspicion of the Autumn in a purpling branch of the soft maple and the golden rods and the flowers which grew in pinkish clusters whose name I do not know are blooming along the walls and among the rank weeds and grasses. We were driven down to Binnewater to the train and were home at 7.30. I am very stiff and lame and fear I have rheumatism in my right leg. It is difficult to walk after I have sat a short time.

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