Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday August 16, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 16, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Aug 16, 1890 Perfect day. Down town early. A note from Bowyer about the camp beds. It has been a beautiful day. The mercury at 7 oclock marked 52 but it grew warmer and there was a gentle breeze all day. The hill never seemed lovelier than now. Tom has been at work most of the day cutting out the small growth in front of the house on the side Hill which was becoming a jungle and hiding out the view of the river over Port Ewen. I picked the few Bartletts we had on the tree down at the wood house yesterday--not more than 25 altogether. They are all the pears we have this year and but very few poor apples. Van Eltan has not given me the result of the survey and I am most impatient and can hardly restrain myself from sending him a sharp note. My petition to the Common Council concerning bells and steam whistles was placed before it last night by Jas. Tubby, a long extract from it being published in the proceedings by the Freeman tonight. Alderman Weiss proposed to lay it on the table but his motion was defeated and it was referred to a committee, as I asked, consisting of Tubby and Hamburger, quite to my surprise, as I feared they would think it of no consequence.

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