Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday October 9, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, October 9, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Oct 9, 1889 Promise of a fine day. Arose early and breakfasted and immediately packed up and got away a little before 8 on our way to Ambijejis [sic] falles [sic] at the head of Ambijejis Lake. There was a slight wind from S. W. which increased but not sufficiently to trouble us. The air was chilly but the sun shone for a time. As we were sailing along a man in a canoe hailed us as he rapidly approached. My apprehensions were aroused fearing a telegram announcing some trouble for some of us to counterbalance all our enjoyment. It proved to be Charlie Hale with letters for us. I had one from Mr. Robertson from [Minaflores?] and the one from Mr. Sawyer which he told me he had written me at Rondout. The wind freshened but fortunately we got across Pemadumcook without a gale which I greatly feared, and into Ambijejis where we had the wind directly astern. I hoisted my umbrella and we shot ahead finely. At the Ambijejis house Hale stopped with letters for a party there on their way down river and we came around and up to the head of the lake and after some hunting around we finally settled upon a camp, on the left or South side of the lake, which we reached about noon so that we had ample time to make a comfortable camp. The view of Katahdin from just this side the Ambijejis House was fine and I rather regretted we had not camped there--only that as we hope to make an excursion up the river we thought best to locate at the head of the lake. The wind ceased and the moon came up bright and about full and the temperature was agreeable but towards morning there was a slight rain.

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