Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday July 20, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 20, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, July 20, 1890 It was so cold this morning that I built a fire and we kept it up all day. Calvert and I went down into the garden to discuss a new arrangement of the South end of the property in case we sell the rest to Sam. The result was that Calverts brusque manner irritated me and I marched away and refused to talk about it; but he is very forgiving and came after me and we finally were able to discuss it calmly. Sam came up about 2 o'clock and John soon after, and we went about looking at the property and discussing and the result is that we have sold him my place and a designated portion of the Homestead for $22,500, less than we thought we ought to get, but still a sale which I think will be mutually advantageous. It will relieve me of a great weight of responsibility which I feel I am no longer able to bear while it deprives me of my pretty little place in which I hoped to spend my days and I am not sure we will be able to remain here. But I am satisfied with the sale, as we all are. Calvert went home tonight and he and Marion are to sail on Wednesday. We talked until 6 oclock. Sam has engaged Calvert to build him a large house and to lay out the place.

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