Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday September 1, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 1, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Sept 1, 1890 Beautiful day, cool, bright and quiet. I went down town and got a box to pack my heavy things in for the woods. This is "Labor Day" a legal holiday and many of the stores were shut. [Winters?] Express delivered the box at the house and I unpacked my trunk and put all the heavy things in the box to be sent by Express which kept me until noon and now I feel I have nearly every thing we will need. I wrote to Park & [Telford?] to send me a number of things to Mattawamkeag care of T. Reed. Coffee, tea, bacon, dried peaches, condensed milk, pickles etc. This Mrs. Gillies of whose death the above is a notice lived here a while and it was she for whom Miss Elliott bought a lot of us but has since sold to Sam as they had gone to Delhi to live. She was a sweet, bright little woman. I think she died in child-birth. John & Julia came up this evening. Julia had evidently been anxious that the business with Sam has not been closed and probably thought I was neglecting it but I explained how I had every thing advanced and am only waiting for John Van Elten to give me the lines of certain parts of the property. He feels as I do that the whole thing is in an incomplete and hazardous condition, but I have done the utmost possible.

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