Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday April 8, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 8, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Apr 8, 1890 Down town early to see if Van Deusen had any thing to offer the assessment. Said he had been to his house twice but could not find him, and so I have determined to go to N. Y. today to attend the Academy subscription dinner and return tomorrow to appear personally before the assessors to state our grievance. Girard told me Nathan Simms had been asking him about Mrs. Folandts lot which they graded before they got the boundaries. I gave them the boundaries last fall and hired Van Elten specially to do it. I went over there when I returned home and found the stakes there and Tougue at work grading and that Simm's [?] was entirely gratuitous. Sara went out to Wilbur to look for a girl in place of Katy Hollis who leaves us on Monday to our great regret. Tom planted peas today. De Garno at last is hauling the manure he owes me. I came away with the noon train. Sara got out of the street car as I got in and said she had secured the servant she went to see. Hiram Romeyn was in the car. When I arrived at the Studio I found a notice that I am on the reception Com. of the Academy dinner and we are to meet at 6.30. It rained most of the afternoon. The first Academy dinner with invited guests took place this evening and was in every way a success. Every one seemed delighted and there was a feeling that it should be made our annual affair. I think it will tend, almost more than anything else we could have done to give distinction to the Academy.

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