The Jervis McEntee Diaries - February 28, 1885

Diary Entry:

Saturday, Feb 28, 1885 The last winter day comes grey with occasional flakes of snow, but before noon it cleared and was bright and sunny. This was reception day at the Studio Building and promptly at 2 o'clock the people began to come and continued to throng the studios until 6 o'clock. A day I so greatly dreaded has been most pleasant and satisfactory. I met many friends and many agreeable strangers and several friends whom I have not seen for many years, among them Mrs. Edwin White, Mrs. Ludington[,] Mrs. Wickham and her daughter, a Mrs. Henry Knox of St. Paul who was a school friend of Gertrude and who spoke of her with the tenderest feeling, also Mrs. Dr. Ryer who came with Mrs. Anderson and Miss Nesmith. I met her in Florence 16 years ago. She seemed much changed and in speaking of the time since then and of Gertrudes death she made some expressions which showed me her life with Ryer has been any thing but a happy one. I think every one enjoyed this occasion. In the evening Calvert, Marion and I went to a concert of Mr. Newports at Steinway Hall at which Miss Rose Butler played.

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