Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday October 29, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, October 29, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Oct 29, 1889 Sara and I went down town together this morning. She had bought for a Xmas present for me a little desk at Stock & Rices which I had taken a fancy to and yesterday hearing me say I wished I had a desk for my papers etc told me of this and so we had it sent up today. I like it even better than I thought I should and already find it a great comfort. While I was in at Girards a man came in and spoke to him whom I did not notice at first. It proved to be Mr. Foster, Abolitionist, Nursery man, Methodist preacher and general regulator. I had an impression he was dead, but here he was looking well and prosperous and younger than when he went away. He is living in Albany with his sister. His wife died this spring. His daughter is married to a man near Oakland Md. who has a fruit farm. She has six children. It is sixteen years since they went away from here. My father with whom he was very intimate at one time lost faith in him and felt very hard towards him, but I always had a kind of pity for him as one of the Devils poor and was able to condone his alleged [crudeness?]. He gave me a cordial invitation to come and see him in Albany and I asked him to call at our house, but confess I was relieved when he told me he was going back to Albany by the boat just then. I went down town the second time after dinner and this afternoon have been measuring down at the barn and stable, calculating for a building for a wood house etc in case I buy this place and find I can make one very easily. The weather has been cooler today. We still sit in the parlor and I am reading Irvings adventures of Capt. Bonneville aloud.

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