Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday May 26, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 26, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, May 26, 1890 It has rained all day and a fire on the hearth would have been comfortable. I went down town and called on Mr. Lindsley at the office of the Cement Co. to make inquiries about changing our water pipe. He told me about Mr. Tomkins disposition of his property. Joe and Laura (Joes daughter) were there and they were all satisfied with the will and all signed the petition to admit it to probate. He left Joe the same as Walter and Mr. Lindsley. Cornelius' share was somewhat curtailed but all acquiesced, which is quite unexpected to me as it was to Mr. Lindsley. He told me all about his trouble with Joe on account of Girard McAlister. He said Joe opened one of Girards letters in which he said something quite harmless about Gertrudes intended husband and sent him home to Mr. Lindsley at once. Joe has a fatal facility for getting rid of his friends. It looks as though Rondout would have few attractions for him hereafter. Mr. Lindsley spoke to Laura about our proposal to buy the homestead and she, he said, made no objection. I told him we had given up the idea. He seemed to think we had done the best possible thing with the property. I saw Brundage the carpenter and made an arrangement with him to come up and make the alterations in the barn for me and told him I thought he could get the job from John to move it for him. He said he would do my work as soon as the rain was over. Tom has set out the Cauliflowers today and replanted the corn which does not come up after having been twice planted.

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