The Jervis McEntee Diaries - February 11, 1885

Diary Entry:

Wednesday, Feb 11, 1885 Bitterly cold. Wrote to Sara and just as I was about to mail my letter received one from her saying my father is decidedly better and was sitting up and begun to help himself again. Also a card from Alice saying her mother is a little better and she hopes she will recover. I am working on all my pictures now trying to improve them. I have little heart to begin any thing new. Went up by appointment to dine with Ward. It was bitterly cold and I walked to 47 St where I took a car to 57th. There was no such number as 114 and after roaming about until I was discouraged I happened to think of Eastman Johnson so I went there to inquire Wards studio. Eastman was not in but Mrs Johnson was. She thought I would find it in the Directory which I did in the drug store on the corner 119 W. 52 instead of 57th. Mr. Wentworth was there. We had a nice dinner. Ward has a man and his wife living in his house who take care of him. After dinner we went into his studio a moment. He had three large statues on hand. The Puritan in bronze, Garfield and Dodge in clay. He is very flourishing and ought to be happy for he has plenty of congenial work, good health and money to do what he pleases. I could not help contrasting my own ill success with his position. He seems alert and active and ready to meet people while I am timid and afraid almost to meet my intimates. After dinner he got a carriage and as Mr. Wentworth had tickets for the theatre we drove down to the 5th Avenue and saw Booth as Ruy Blas and Don Caesar de Bazan, the first I have seen him in this engagement. Parke Godwin, his wife and Mrs. Goddard were in Booths box but I did not see Edwina if she were there. I feel very awkward about not having seen Booth or even heard from him but I dont see how I could have acted differently.

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