Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday June 5, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 5, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, June 5, 1889 It rained in the night but has been clear and cool all day. I went down town and when I returned made a machine by the aid of an old lantern to burn sulphur among the rose bushes. I covered them with a skirt as well as I could and applied the sulphur, it remaining to be seen with what effect. The leaves are destroyed by insects. I went over the other side of Chestnut St about the time the school closed and informed the boys that I could no longer permit ball playing there. Rough characters from the town come there now and I am going to stop it if possible. I cannot get any one to buy the grass on the hill and Tom will have to cut it. I dont know what we will do with it. Miss Sheffield came up and spent the evening with us, Charlie Cantine having gone to a farewell reception to Dr. Magee at the Presbyterian Church. She seems to be in great perplexity regarding her duties here and I think it was a comfort to her to talk to us.

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