Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday April 6, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 6, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, Apr 6, 1890 Warm and bright. The robins and indeed all the birds seem to have returned. I saw beside them the Phebe, blue bird, song sparrow and Brown Thrasher. Their notes fill my soul with a homesick longing for I know not what. I started out for a walk. As I passed the Cemetery although it was just about noon there were people about Maj Cornells grave gazing at the floral emblems, attracted it seemed to me by mere curiosity. I walked out to the rocks this side the Wiltwyck Cemetery and then turned south along the crest and sides of the hill to see if I could find any arbutus where there used to be quantities of it. I found a few straggling bits in trodden places but it is practically extinct. I walked about to the West Shore Rail Road and found to my great encouragement that I could climb about better than I feared I could and came back home refreshed and not over tired. Girard came over in the afternoon and showed me a copy of the assessment for paving Holmes St. the tax on the estate $737.53 and on my property $256 which we consider a perfect outrage. We are taxed at the same rate as the improved property on the opposite side of the street. It quite discouraged me as it is twice what I hoped it might be.

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