Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday April 25, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 25, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Apr 25, 1890 It was cold and rainy, with North wind this morning but cleared in the afternoon and was fine but cool. The landscape is beautiful and the blossoms and bursting buds lend a strange delicacy to it. I am doing nothing to secure any of these beautiful effects. Girard told me today Elting Anderson has made some effort to buy the Crane place but that Henry refuses to leave saying they were promised they were to stay there during his mothers lifetime. She is ignorant of their condition and I dare say he feels it would kill her to leave there. Girard told him he had better come and buy our place and he told him he would sell the house and these lots for $10,000. I think he will prefer the Cranes place as it would be very convenient for him but I wish he would buy this and we could go to my little house, for I have given up the idea of Sara and me trying to keep this place. Tom is at work this afternoon on McEntee Hill way. We had Girards children over here this forenoon, Charlie, [Florence?], and Jansen as Mary is cleaning house. What a care a house full of children must be and I wonder how I would get along with it. The cherry trees are in blossom and looking over towards my house made me think of the spring days when Gertrude and I were living there and how busy and happy we were about our little home which we enjoyed for so few years and which then seemed to us would last forever.

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