Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday July 11, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 11, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, July 11, 1890 Girard went to see Sam this forenoon and he told him to bring the map to his office, which he did. He at once adopted the tac-tics of depreciating the property, said it was spoiled for him and pretended not to know we had sold so much & that he wanted to make an elegant place of it and that there was not room enough. In the next breath he said he would rather have my place and a lot of such talk which I thought he had more sense than to try to [pawn?] off upon me. Girard finally asked him if we were to consider that he did not want to buy it and he said Yes, it was not big enough etc. and he left him. Now if he wants it he can come to me. I know of no way to cope with men who will not be candid and if he attempts to talk to me in that vein I will let him know at once that it has no effect upon me. I dont know what he means but I half suspect he has use for all the money he has and that all of this talk about a fine place is for effect. At least so far as I am concerned, feeling that I have honestly and candidly done my whole duty toward the estate as well as to him I shall not mention the subject to him again. The men have nearly all the hay down. They have had ideal weather for it. The carriage house is down and nearly all carted to Johns lot where they are putting it up.

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