Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday August 31, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 31, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, Aug 31, 1890 The lovely days continue. Today a rich atmosphere and fine skies and so cool a fire in the parlor was very comfortable. I wrote to Eastman Johnson whose eyes are troubling him--also a note to the Editor of the Times at the request of Mr. Douglas Merritt of Rhinebeck asking him editorially to say something about the steam whistle nuisance, and have done many little things in the way of preparation for the woods. At two o'clock I walked up to Kingston to meet with the monument committee at Genl. Sharpes. All were there, Sharpe, Van Tassill, Loughran and I. Mr. Field of Frederick & Field the contractors, was also present and Mr. Phinney commander of Pratt Post G. A. R. We paid Field $2000 in a draft on the County Treas. Elected Sharpe Chairman in place of Col. Tremper and John Maxwell to fill the vacancy on our Committee. We also signed a paper directed to John Maxwell chairman of the Citizens Com. turning over the monument to them, completed at any time after Oct. 1st and thus placed the dedication of it in their hands. The stone work is up, the two bronze figures and the cavalry and artillery emblems are here and the granite figure of Victory ready to be forwarded. The Arms of the State of N.Y. and the tablet with the inscription will be furnished at once. We dined at 5 and Mary & Girard and little Florence dined with us. Cantine & Miss Sheffield called just before dinner. She and Agnes have just returned form the sea shore. In the evening we went down to Mrs. Andersons and called on the McKibbens. We found them all in the dining room in front of a fire on the hearth.

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