The Jervis McEntee Diaries - November 19, 1880

Diary Entry:

Friday, Nov 19, 1880 Went to N. Y. by noon train. Dined at Mrs. Giffords with Robt. Wilkinson, Jas Gifford and his wife, Mr & Mrs. Wheeler. Weir came in. We three went to the Century to attend the memorial services to Gifford. There was a large attendance of the best men. The gallery was filled with his pictures. Weir led the exercises with his paper a well written and interesting one. Then came Stoddards fine poem which he read with excellent effect and which was received with great enthusiasm. Next came Whittredge with reminiscences full of a quaint humor and just what he alone could say. Then Stedmans poem read by Conant as Stedman could not be present. He did not read it as well as Stedman would have. I closed with my brief paper which I seem to have read sufficiently well as near as I could judge. Parke Godwin read an extract from a letter from Benson (evidently) and Vincent Colyer made a mistake in attempting to read some of Giffords early letters which were inappropriate to the occasion and from which he was obliged to desist. We staid at the club until past midnight. I went home with Eastman and staid with him all the time I was in town.

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