Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday September 10, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 10, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Sept 10, l889 It rained a little this morning and the wind has blown a gale from the N. E. all day and is still blowing, with reports of high tides and great damage all along the coast, and particularly on Coney Island. I went down town this morning and got the postal cards from the Freeman office which I will send out the morning of the sale. From there I went to Kingston and saw Kenyon as to the day upon which we could settle with purchasers and he thought not before Thursday 26th when Calvert, John and I will have to be present at his office to execute the necessary papers. He thinks the mortgages had better be made directly to Booth. I also am to go up directly after the sale with descriptions of the lots etc so as to get the papers ready. I went and saw the Auctioneer who is to be on hand at the day of sale early. He seemed to think it a wise precaution to have an officer present but I forgot to see John Barry. I walked down and got home about dinner time. I have spent the whole afternoon writing out descriptions of the several lots and directing the postal cards. Calvert is rapidly recovering and has been dressed and down stairs most of the day and evening. I have been reading in Hay & Nicolays life of Lincoln, particularly of the depression, anxiety and discouragements of 1864. When the Democratic party goes back to that time and contemplates its record it must feel pretty sick. I should find it hard to own that name. I had a letter from Alice giving encouraging accounts of Toms year on the Star Landing property and of Mr & Mrs. Sawyers continued good health. The wind is roaring as I write at 9 oclock.

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