Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday July 2, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 2, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, July 2, 1889 Rain, rain all day at intervals and at 10 o'clock pouring down with predictions for more tomorrow. I went down town as usual, Girard having told me Mrs. Gregory had paid him for her lot. I paid our assessment for grading Chester St. $408.52 including 2 pr. ct for not paying it within the 30 days. Girard and I came near having a disagreement but although I thought he was unjust to me I took into account the fact that he was perplexed for money as I was; it was a sticky depressing day and I tried not to be unkind. I paid him his commission $25 and gave him $100 besides to pay on the bill for curbing, which is about $250 and came up home feeling rather troubled and disturbed. Then I found Foster the artist and was obliged to be civil although I did not feel so. It rained, rained and he went back to Julias as soon as it held up and I went down to the garden and picked cucumbers & beets in a shower, and later picked the raspberries between the showers. Miss Jansen drove in with some eggs & berries, and I engaged some wood from her for this fall. I felt sorry for her. She told as the farm had been sold under a mortgage and they now hired it for $200 a year. So all her poor fathers hard labor has gone and they are left with nothing. She is quite a pretty modest girl and I dare say the little money she got was an inducement to drive clear down here in the rain. I cut this from today's Tribune. Note that Millet had a struggle to live in a country distinguished for its love and appreciation of Art. I sent to Sam Coykendall today the interest I owe him.

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