The Jervis McEntee Diaries - December 22, 1880

Diary Entry:

Wednesday, Dec 22, 1880 Miss Putnam and Mr. F. S. Church called and selected a number of my drawings and Autumn studies to show at the Art Students League next month. I was quite surprised and rather pleased that they wanted them there. Shortly after they went Mrs & Miss Van Doren called. Miss Van Doren wanted a small late Autumn picture to give some friend for a Christmas present, but I had nothing just like what she wanted. She admired a sketch I made from our porch this summer and I told her I would be pleased if she would accept it, but she seemed embarrassed and loth to take it. Her mother told me a friend had written her to come and see my pictures with a view to her getting one. I showed them all to her and she said I would see her again. She said her daughter would call that her picture but she would not take it now and of course I did not pass it and they went away without it. I thought it a needless delicacy of feeling. Shortly after I went over to Marys and went down to the news-boys lodging home which Calvert planned in East Broadway, with Julia, Emma Brace and Miss Warner to see the Christmas entertainment of the day scholars. It was very interesting and touching too. Calvert took us over the building which is admirably planned and adapted to its purpose. Received a note from Freds wife saying her little girl has scarlet fever but not severely. Called on Mrs. Arthur Parton who seems a very agreeable woman. Miss Parton was there also.

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