Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday June 18, 1889

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

Tuesday, June 18, 1889 The day has been cool and with weak sunshine but we have had no rain. I went down town and had considerable talk with Van Deusen, Dr Smith and Girard about the prospective paving of Holmes St. Finally Cantine came along and said the idea was not to pave it but to make a Telford road like Union Avenue and he thought we had better not oppose it as the street is really in very great need of repair, but he thought when the assessors went to arrange the assessments we who live on the hill should appear to argue our side and so I am not going to worry. I had a letter from Dr. Patchin in answer to mine to Dr. Taylor who is in Europe but to whom he will send it. I got some paint and when I came home I took some little reception chairs down to the carriage house and painted them. I discovered the currant worms are at work and I carefully picked off all I could find. Sara had a letter from Edith Cook and enclosed was an article from the Times of Sunday last on American Art at the Paris Exposition from which the following is an extract. It is surprising how greatly this little bit of commendation has cheered me. I dont at all know who the man is but he evidently has something in common with me regarding the imitative work of many of our artists and it certainly is refreshing to me to find my work commended for some distinctive character. Mary also sent me a copy of the Times with this article a letter from some one in Paris.

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