Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday July 9, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 9, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, July 9, 1890 Last night was very hot until 12 oclock when a gale from the W. came up. We had gone to bed leaving all the windows open but when the wind sprang up it awoke us and we had to go about the house and close them. This morning is cool with a fine N. W. wind. I went down town and received a note from Fred Norton telling me he had deposited the proceeeds of my note (704.78) in the Bank of the Metropolis to my credit so that now I am ready to pay the assessment on Holmes St. Fred offered to do this for me and it is a very friendly act. John Van Eltan and his wife were here yesterday and he told me he would want one of the front lots. I told him we were in no hurry to sell as we were hoping to sell the whole of it. I went up to Kingston from Rondout to see if Kenyons man Eltinge got W. A. Van Gaasbecks signature, which he did. I am tormented by the man Lewis who is to cut the hay. He sent a man and a machine here yesterday who cut a little and then went away and this fine breezy day up to now he has not put in an appearance. When I came back from Kingston I walked down. I stopped to inquire about Mr. Wm. B. Fitch who is very ill. I saw Mrs. Laforge. Dr Chalker had just left. He gave discouraging reports of his condition. When I got home Sara had just returned from a visit to Mrs. Overbagh with whom she was to go to Delaware Co. on Home affairs and who had been ill. She told her at once that affairs were culminating between Sam and the Cornell interest and that it was to be decided today whether there were to have their place or not. She said they asked $100,000 for it and that Sam was not willing to give over $28,000 and her opinion was they would not let them have it at any price. She thought Sams wife would be happier to get away from them and she proposed that she and Sara go to her house at 4 this afternoon and talk to her about our place. This they did but nothing was said on Mrs. C.'s part to encourage any allusion to the subject. Mrs. C. was ill, from worry and trouble over their differences, Sara thought and she came away not having attended to the subject, as I advised her, if Mrs C. did not propose it. Girard went to see Sam today and told him frankly he came to ask him if he wanted our place, that we had application for two lots in front of which if we sold would spoil it for him and we wanted to know if he had any thought of buying it. He told him he would let him know Saturday, that he had always wanted it, that he hoped they would not sell him the place where he is and that it was only his wifes reluctance that had prevented him from buying it. So the matter stands. If they do not get their present place, and all appearances are against that, I can probably sell them this place. It grew uncomfortably cool toward evening with the wind from the N. Van Eltan set monuments of stone at the corners of Deweys lot and on the corner of Norths & Crosbys lots on Chestnut St, and at the rear N. E. corner of Deweys and near S. Corner of Crosby & Norths lots.

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