Sunday May 18, 1890
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 18, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Sunday, May 18, 1890 So cool we have had a fire all day and found it comfortable in the house. Sara and I each wrote to Lucy. Cantine and Miss Sheffield called in the afternoon. Toward evening a man called in reference to buying the carriage house. He lives over near the Toboggan slide and is a mason employed on the Wallkill Valley road. Another man proposes to join him in the purchase and he is to let me know on Tuesday evening. The price ($200) he did not object to. I have felt a little depressed and unhappy today, thinking of the past and of dear Gertrude and of how changed life seems to me here and of the uncertainties of the future. I saw by the paper today that the Academy had closed with the poorest results in sales for many years which seemed a matter of exultation to the Tribune writer. No one seems to want my work and that is discouraging at my time of life.
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