Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday July 22, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 22, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, July 22, 1890 The mercury indicated 48 this morning at 7 oclock on our back piazza and I was told ice formed on the mountains yesterday morning. It has been a beautiful day. I went down town and saw Sam to ask him how soon he would want Tom to vacate my house. He thought he could stay there all winter. He told me he had this item put in the paper and that Mary had been to see her Mother and told her they had bought our place. Several people spoke to me about it and most people seem to think the purchase includes this place. From down town I rode up to the West Shore station to make inquiries about the excursion to Lake George on Saturday and then came home and wrote a note to Booth who is at Narragansett Pier telling him I had sold my place and a great part of the Homestead property and asked him to let me know when he would be in N.Y. so that I could go down and arrange with him for a settlement. I have been at work a good part of the day making out a statement of affairs between us. I told Tom my place had been sold which he had heard and he said he did not want to go and live down town. I asked him why he did not buy a lot and build a little house. Later he asked me how much the concrete house below the hill was worth. I told him I would think of it and let him know. Girard thought we could sell it for $3500 or 3000. Tom said he could keep a couple of boarders there. Sam and his son Ed came up after tea and went over to look at the 3 lots on Chestnut St. and the two on Jervis St. which I have given him the refusal of at $3000. He talked of the rest of the garden but I dont think he can have that, at least not now. Mrs. Cross and her daughter called. Sara wanted me to go over to my studio with them and we went. Mrs. Anderson & Lily called this evening. Lily is a very pretty young woman. I sent Freemans with the notice of the sale to Janette Hubbard, to Mrs. Swan, to Eastman Johnson and to Mr. Sawyer. A letter from Church asking Sara and me to come and visit them. Sara has written Mrs. C.

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