Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday September 9, 1889

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

Monday, Sept 9, 1889 Cool comfortable day with brisk North wind. Tom is still at work carrying up the wood he has cut on the side hill. I went down town and got a letter from Mrs. Bayard Taylor and one from Lucy. Mine from Lucy was to apologise for some strictures in Saras letter on my advertising the sale without letting her know about it. I have written her to tell her all about it and why we kept our counsel until we were all ready and had definitely decided on our plan of procedure. Mrs. Taylor writes in rather a sad vein although she says she could be quite content but for the war cloud which hangs over Europe. She thinks of America with great affection but fears she would be lonely here. She says she is a homeless woman although she spends much of her time with Lilian and her husband and speaks with great affection of Lilians boy. I ordered 250 postal cards printed to send out the morning of the sale so that the date will not be forgotten. Sara is not well today. I think she has been too much worried with Calverts carbuncles and his refusal to follow her directions. He seems to be getting on well. No word from Eastman who must have gone before my letter got to his house. No word from Royal Reed to whom I wrote a week ago. He may be away from home. Cousin Rachel came by the Powell.

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