Jervis McEntee Diaries: August 31, 1874

Monday, Aug 31, 1874- Downing and I worked on his boat repairing it and we gathered the Bartlett pears. Received a friendly letter from Boughton inclosing his photograph. He begins to look old and is thinner now than when I saw him last. He had [?] a nice old house in Surrey where he was spending the summer at Haselmere. Tennyson lives near there and B[?] F[?] has a fine place six miles from there, and a number of artists are settled near him. He says the house is a picture from any point and I dare say he will paint many pictures from it and its surroundings. His letter made me feel afresh that I should like to live where I could get suggestions from an older civilization. The older I grow the more I incline to the human element in the landscape, and it is rare to find here what abounds in England.

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