The Jervis McEntee Diaries - February 26, 1878

Diary Entry:

Went home Saturday by 4 o'clock train. Found my father improving a little but very weak but he seemed considerably better when I left on Monday morning. Found Joe Tomkins there. Sunday evening we all went over to John McEntees. Gertrude and I took a walk Sunday toward Kingston. Mr. Blauvelt [?] us. He told me he had written Dr Holland recommending and offering my essay on Michael Angelo for the Scribner. The Dr. replied that he knew McEntee and believed in him but that they had accepted a paper on Michael Angelo from Clarence Cook. Blauvelt meant to borrow this from me (indeed I had agreed to lend it) and then send it without my knowledge. I told him I was very glad the scheme had failed. Girard and I came down Monday morning by the St. Louis Express getting here at 11. My room was in disorder but as soon as it was ready I went to work on my picture and worked all afternoon on it. Dined with the G. B. Club and had a pleasant time as usual. This morning went out for my usual walk and to do some errands. The wind blew a gale and the dust flew in clouds. Ordered a frame for my "Over the hills and far away" from Silleck and one for "The Wings of the Morning" from Wilmurt, both to be done in time for the Academy. Painted on my picture until 1 oclock when Booth came and I went at the Richelieu and worked until nearly five and advanced it considerably. Mr & Mrs. Whitehead called to invite me to dinner but didnt when they learned Gertrude was not here. Whitehead told me that Genl. Sharp wanted a picture of me, a brilliant Autumn and wanted me to let him know when I had one. I think my "The Year Smiles" would suit him and I am going to send for it to Buffalo. Called at Taylors but he was lecturing in Brooklyn. I heard he came to my room today. Stopped at the club. Just as I was leaving Stoddard came in and asked me to write a letter recommending Edwd. Smith for the club. I hesitated, told him I didn't know him, but he seemed quite nettled and I told him I would do all I could do conscientiously. This is a poser for me. Wrote to Gertrude.

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