Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday July 29, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 29, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, July 29, 1889 The country is again flooded and soaked with rain. I went down town but there was no use painting in my study of the ferry for we had a hard shower while I was down there. I sent "She" to Roth at Morelia (postage 5 cts to remember) I went and saw John McEntee and he thought the weather would clear by dinner time and we would go fishing. I came home and got ready and after dinner his man drove up for me. The weather looked showery and the rain caught us just as we were driving to Leggs. It held up however and we went out and fished but the water was much roiled and after [running?] down to the rocks and another shower coming up we came back to the landing just as there was another down pour. Johnson the West Shore Restaurant man and a friend came out to fish but gave up when we did. We drove home over roads that were like mortar beds. I had a talk with John about Girards affairs. He sees how entirely discouraging the case really is but rather advises me to help him out, but to be sure to make him make over to me all interest in his fathers estate and to give (or rather to have Mary whom he says has the deed of the lot) give me a mortgage on that. I dislike this but he says and I think too it will be wise in order to prevent his hypothecating it elsewhere. John thinks it one of those desperate calls which have to be met if possible. I have talked with Sara and Mary and like myself they do not know what I had better do but will approve of what my judgment dictates. If I knew what I ought to do I would do it. It rains as I go to bed, and I feel perplexed and discouraged.

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