Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday November 4, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 4, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Nov 4, 1889 The sun came out bright and beautiful this morning and the day has been perfection. The mercury was just at the freezing point this morning. I went down town as usual and after I returned I went down on the side hill to do some measuring. I have had Tom cut down an apple tree and a cherry tree which came on the street (McEntee Hill-way) which he has been clearing up today besides taking down the remainder of the garden fence. This afternoon after much deliberation and consideration I had him cut an apple tree in front which comes directly between us and Hussey hill and which, with two or three others we have had to cut down every year in order not to have the fine view of the valley shut out. I decided it was wise to do it now while we controlled the land. My father planted these trees and this one was full 16 inches through and as firm and as sound as a nut. It gave me a pang when it fell to the earth with a great crash, but I console myself with the reflection that like many of us mortals it had outlived its usefulness and belonged only to the past. I mean to keep a piece of the butt to have some palettes made from it. While I was out in front of the house today the new Baptist minister Mr [blank] came up and introduced himself. He seemed to enjoy the beauty of the place and the day and is apparently fond of Nature and of walking. We spent the evening down at Cantines.

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