Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday August 11, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 11, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Aug 11, 1890 Last evening was a little too cool for comfort sitting on the piazza. I slept under two blankets. Today has been very cool and towards evening I built a fire in the parlor and found it very comfortable. I have been writing a petition to the Mayor and Common Council to enact some laws restricting so much blowing of steam whistles and ringing of bells. James Tubby was over the hill yesterday and I asked him if he would say it before the council, as he is an alderman and he said he would and seemed to think it a timely suggestion. Mr. [Brontius?] (the school teachers) son came here yesterday, hearing I wanted some one to circulate a petition. I gave him one of the postal petitions and told him I would give a dollar for each 500 subscribers, and if that would not pay him, would give him more after a trial. While we were sitting by the fire last evening, Agnes came in having been out at Penn Hill since she left here a week ago. She and Alida Van Deusen came in together and she is to stay with her this evening. I am reading Marie Bashkirtscheff and am greatly entertained. A remarkable character. Inordinate thirst for praise; colossal vanity but a most quick witted and mature intellect for so young a person.

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