Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday August 15, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 15, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Aug 15, 1890 Cool & breezy. Down town early. I first wrote a letter to Mr. Kauffman editor of the Washington Star asking his counsel as to the best way to proceed with my postal matter as I do not want to get into the hands of the local factions and politicians. The plans for Toms house came and I have looked them over and shall invite competition at once. Have been going over my accounts and verifying them. Van Eltan does not furnish me with the results of his survey and I am getting very impatient and disgusted with him as I can do nothing about Coykendalls deed until he gives me the descriptions. I was in at [Welch's?] today to have a little work done. He told me he was very poor. That he had nothing. His son the doctor used to let him have money but now that he is dead he has no one to help him. I feel very sorry for him in his old age to see him deserted by his old [?], but that is usually the case. As we grow old we are laid aside as useless and younger men take our places who in their turn will be displaced.

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