Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday March 4, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 4, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Mar 4, 1890 Election day for Mayor & Alderman. Tom and I went early and voted for John then I came home, having bought a [grapuil?] and fished out the bucket from the well. Yesterday a lout of a fellow working at Jones' new house to whom I lent the key of the well, dropped his hat in it and fished for it for a long time before he got it. This disgusted me and after having got the bucket and a lot of sticks which the children had thrown in I closed the well and now we shall use the city water. All sorts of petty vexations arise at home, from the indifference and carelessness of other people, the result of the state of confusion we are in from dividing up our land and the consequent building on the lots. I came away by the 4 oclock train. Mr. Abel Crosby sat with me as far as Cornwall and talked about Maj. Cornell & Sam with whom he is "out" to my surprise. Before I came away DeGarmo sent up a load of manure for our hot bed and Tom will have it ready by the time I go up again. I went to the Century and got some supper and came to my room where I found a letter from Lucy dated Feb 28th giving an account of the celebration of their Silver Wedding. Our candelabrum had arrived and was as it proves a most acceptable present. Almost everything came in time and it was evidently a successful and happy affair. There was also a letter from Whittredge who is still very weak. He only just got out of doors for a little the day he wrote. An invitation to dine on Thursday from Mrs. Lockwood de Forest, a scrap from Mary Gifford with a photograph of Sanford for the Trinity historical Society of Dallas, Texas. She is staying at Mr. Van Ingens in Brooklyn for a few days--and cards of Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Cranford who have called in my absence ! but with no address. Wrote to Mary Gifford.

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