Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday June 12, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 12, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, June 12, 1889 I went down to the car stables to see Mr. DeGarmo to see if he would not take our grass and give me manure for it. He thought he would make an arrangement and agreed to come up here at 4. I told him Tom was at work cutting it but as the day was very unsettled and showery he advised not cutting until the weather is settled. I came back home and stopped Tom cutting and then went down town to see about the payment for Mrs. Gregorys lot as an assessment for Chester St. comes due tomorrow. Girard went to see her but she has to go and see her son and is to come to him tomorrow. De Garmo came as he agreed and says he will take the hay. Tom is to cut and cure it and cock it up and De Garmo is to draw it down and weight it and pay me the market price and draw manure for me for the hay. He startled me by saying he had seen my father and shaken hands with him. He is a spiritualist and says Whiting Knapp has been with him, of course through a medium. These things have little effect on me but he says he is as sure of these things as of any event or occurrence of his life. It has rained in little showers all through the day and grass cut a week ago is still on the ground. I am depressed and discouraged because I am idle. I had a letter from Miss Nesmith today. She is just about to go on her vacation. Tom is picking some cherries over at my place. They are rotting very fast and we will have only a very few. I shall not be sorry when the trees are done bearing. They bring a rabble about and we get little from them.

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