Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday January 27, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 27, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Jan 27, 1890 The wind came out from the North and a slight rain turned to a fine snow fall and there were every indications of a snow storm which however did not last long. I went down town and paid the last of the Abbey note $100. There is still a little interest to pay and a small bill of my own. I also settled with Girard up to date, both for the Estate and for myself. I gave him a check for the Estate account last week and for my own today. I wrote to Mr. Sawyer congratulating him on his 86th birth day which occurred on Jan 9th and came away with the 4.05 train. Joe Cornell Sam Coykendall and Charlie Romeyn came down. Joe sat with me a part of the way. He said he was delighted when we heard we had laid out our land and were selling it at such good prices. I told him how after we had it all laid out and the sale advertised an offer from an unknown source came for the whole property which we declined and I asked him if he knew from whom. He said he heard Sam had made an offer for it after he saw its capabilities. I told him I had concluded it was not from him for his wife had told Lucy they never had the least idea of buying it but on one occasion and so I had not since thought of him in connection with its sale. Joe said he was glad he didnt get it and immediately added "because if there was anything to be made out of it you ought to have it". I think however he takes a secret satisfaction that Sam was not sharp enough to buy it. When he went into the drawing room car to see Sam[,] Romeyn came and sat with me and we had an interesting conversation all the way to town. In the [house?] car Sam sat next me. He asked me how I felt about having the State Prison over at Fair-view. I told him I did not want it. He is violently opposed to it, has been to Albany to work against it and says it will not go. I assured him I agreed with him as I do. The more I consider it the more objectionable it seems. I went over to the Century and had a beef steak and staid there all the evening. Found a note from Annie Norton asking me to come to dinner Wednesday with Calvert & Mary as Mrs. & Miss Johnson had an engagement for that day.

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