Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday July 31, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 31, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, July 31, 1890 Last night was very warm, with however a cool breeze from the S. W. which we did not get in front of the house. Inside feeling dull and enervated. Today it is very hot with a strong wind from the S. The mercury shows 88 on the back piazza at noon. Jamie brought me a letter from Booth from Narragansett Pier. He says he is lacking in strength and energy and spends most of his time in the house reading and sleeping, chiefly the latter. He says he does not know when he will go to N.Y. but when he does I must come and dine with him at the club and we will talk over our affairs and that he will do whatever I wish him to. I have written him sending him a diagram of our place and a full statement of our indebtedness up to May 1890. The two mortgages 14,000 [plus] Bal. on a/c 2,312.50 = 16,312.50 asking him if he will allow Sam to assume the two mortgages and release the rest of the property and let the mortgages remain for the present at the same rate of interest 4 pr. ct. so that I can give Sam an authoritative answer. Van Eltan came again this morning and is surveying below the hill. I was not needed and as I felt unable to climb about in the heat I did not go. Jimmy brought a letter from Mary from Woods Hole to Sara, one from Wm. M. Hayes from Kingston to me ready to cooperate in any effort for free postal delivery and one from Eastman Johnson. He is so convinced that his wife and Ethel, never having had any camping experience, would wreck themselves and him the first cruise, that he has not dared to propose it to them for fear they will be eager to go, as he would like to have them, if he thought it feasible. I have written to Mary to go as I intended to whether the Johnsons went or not. I have also written Royal Reed to tell him I want two guides and possibly more and that we expect to leave here Sept. 15 and that I want him to be on the look out, tell me what he has on hand so that I can know what to bring, etc. I also wrote Hayes I would come to his office on Saturday about 9. It has been an extremely hot day with strong S. wind all day. Van Eltan and his two men worked all day but have not finished. They left the [transit?] here.

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