The Jervis McEntee Diaries - March 4, 1883

Diary Entry:

Sunday, Mar 4, 1883 [McEntee mistakenly writes "Feb. 4"] Came to my room a little while. Beard came in. He is at work on a design for a great monument to Garfield at Cleveland and placing all his hopes on its being accepted. I am afraid he will be disappointed. He has not the proper conception for monumental designs to my mind although his ideas are not commonplace. They are rather inclined to be somewhat bizarre & grotesque. After dinner at 2 Calvert and I went to the club to smoke a cigar. Thompson, Beninger & McDonough were there. Thompson who had evidently been drinking criticised McDonough and the board of management for certain expressions in their report on removal and he grew offensive. Then he pitched into me and charged me with blackballing Wm. Astor several years ago when he was a candidate for the Century and said he would never forgive me for it. McDonough told him to be silent; that he had tried to quarrel with him and now was trying to quarrel with me and that the club would not submit to such conduct. He did not reply; but to me it was a most humiliating spectacle and showed me how lost Thompson was to shame through this unfortunate habit. I called on Mrs Gray in the evening. Her mother and sister Emma were there and [?]. They seemed to me to be worried in the same way that I am. I could not help the impression that life was a struggle just as it is to almost all artists. It was very cold when I came to my room. It snowed a couple of inches in the middle of the day.

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