Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday June 20, 1890

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

Friday, June 20, 1890 I went down town and saw the girl recommended by the young woman at Van [Bramers?]. She struck me favorably and after talking with her she agreed to come up this evening to see Sara, which she has not done. A little young thing came this forenoon who had never lived out before and who wanted ten dollars a month and did not want to do the washing. Tom has been all day at the trench for the water pipe and we have come to rock so hard I fear we will have to blast. My cold hangs on and I am ill, depressed and discouraged. John & Julia came up this evening. I told John I did not know what to do about paying our assessment on Holmes St. The only reply he made was "let them sell the property". I dont think John cares to be bothered with our affairs as he has worries enough of his own to wrestle with. The whole thing comes upon me and I am utterly powerless to raise any money except by selling something, of which there seems no prospect. The outlook is most discouraging and I have again entered upon the gnawing and wearing anxieties which have pressured me through so many years of my life. Julia wants us to go to High Falls tomorrow to spend Sunday and is to see us again tomorrow about it.

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