Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday November 17, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 17, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, Nov 17, 1889 Cold and bright. The mercury down to 11 this morning at 7. About midnight some one tapped on my window. It proved to be Downing who had come up on a late train. I lighted him up to the little hall bedroom and was surprised to find Sara asleep there. She awoke frightened thinking of burglars as Dr. Kennedys home was entered a few nights ago. We are still occupying the big room. We had Girard and Mary and John & Julia to dinner and I fear they found the house pretty cold. Downing and I looked over the map he made. I found more errors and I told him frankly I had little confidence in it, and that I felt it had been carelessly done. He is I think somewhat troubled about it and is to come up next week and go over the ground again carefully. I felt at the time he made the survey that he was in too great a hurry and I told him repeatedly he was not accurate enough. I am dissatisfied about the way it has been done and if it had been any one but Downing would have expressed myself much more strongly. He went back by the evening 7.45 train and to come up again during the week. Mrs. Willes who used to live on the hill and Mrs. Jansen Anderson called, both looking very pretty and attractive. John and Julia remained during the evening and we read a chapter in the Conquest of Mexico.

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