Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday July 21, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 21, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, July 21, 1890 Another cool and perfect day. I went down to see Sam, at his request and took the maps with me. He seems perfectly satisfied. Will assume the two mortgages, $4000 on my place and $10,000 on this place and release the rest of the property if Booth is willing and pay us the balance as we wish it. I went to Kingston to see Kenyon. I left the Van Gaasbeck paper with him and then talked on the subject of the sale. I think I shall have to have it all surveyed again and have written John Van Eltan to come and do it. I also inquired if Calvert could delegate his powers as Executor in his absence so that the deeds can be signed etc., but Kenyon says he cannot. I wrote him to that effect from Kenyons office and put a special delivery stamp on it as I agreed to do. I did not get home until 2 o'clock when we had dinner and I have been writing and laying out the boundaries ever since. It is an elaborate affair to make this deed owing to the obliterating of streets etc., and Kenyon is extremely careful and cautious. I have written to Wm. H. Van Gaasbeck who lives in Jersey City, the only one who has not signed the release. I wrote a note to John Van Eltan and sent it to the office by Charlie after tea, asking him when he could come and do some surveying for me and telling him I would not be able to let him have the lot he came to buy a week ago. He drove up shortly after and said he had seen in the Freeman this evening a notice of the sale. He was greatly disappointed as he felt if he could not get that lot he would have one beyond this place. But I told him we could not sell there now as all that plan was changed and we had not yet considered new ones. He said he was more disappointed than he could express. I said he should have accepted our offer of some time ago, but he said he was not prepared then, and I really felt sorry to break up his hopes. He is to come on Thursday and do my surveying. Sara had a letter from Mrs. Church today wanting us to come and make them a visit, but she was obliged to write her we could not now as she was going to N.Y. and I was very busy at present.

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