Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday August 6, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 6, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Aug 6, 1890 Warm but comfortable, with cool evening. I went down town early and got a rubber blanket for Sara and a canvas to roll her blankets in. I went to see Sam and asked him if he were opposed to a free delivery here and he said he was not. I told him I feared he was as the Freeman had taken no notice of a communication I had sent on that subject. He said it had not been shown to him and he sent for the editor to inquire about it. He was not in but some one came in his place and he knew nothing about it. It may not have reached the editor but I do not see why as I sent it through the post office. I showed Sam the petition I had drawn and we talked about our shabby post office and he spoke of the corner under the 1st National Bank as a good place for it. I thought the Sampron building better but he thought the rent would be too high. I spoke to him about the payments on his purchase and he said he would do as I pleased--would pay the whole if I wished. I told him I wanted $3500 on Sept. 1st and he said I could have it. I then went to the office and ordered 100 copies of the petition printed. I got a letter from Booth cheerfully agreeing to let Sam assume the mortgages and release our other property and let him continue the mortgage at the same rate 4 pr. ct. I also had a letter from Royal Reed but evidently written before my last one had reached him. I also had a letter from Mrs Sawyer saying she and Mr. Sawyer would not be able to accept our invitation to visit us as she did not feel able to take the family. She seems quite feeble. From Mary also a letter. She thinks it is impossible for her to go to the Maine Woods with Sara and me but would like to very much, which is a disappointment to us both. I wrote her to come here when Julia left Woods Hole and stay until she had to go back to town to get ready for Calverts and Marions return as she says she must go back the last week in Sept. to get the house ready for them, so Sara and I will have to go alone. I sent Royals and Halls letters to Eastman and a short note to Booth to tell him I had received his note and would act upon it and report when the business was consummated. While Sara and I were sitting on the front porch this evening there was a most brilliant illumination as of some fireworks, bursting very close to us. It proved to be a brilliant meteor and apparently a very remarkable one.

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