The Jervis McEntee Diaries - May 28, 1885

Diary Entry:

Thursday, May 28, 1885 Went to the dentists. While I was gone Miss Matson and Miss Rae called. Have been picking up gradually to go home on Saturday and numbering and arranging my pictures so as to have them ready to send whenever I went to. My picture arrived from Nashville. Whittredge and I dined at Eastman Johnsons. He is painting President Cleveland a big beefy man with a tremendous neck and throat. We talked of Gallait and the great historical painters of whom he was a dignified and noble example and at dinner discussed the changes in the Constitution of the Century to be voted on at the June meeting and agreed that it must not be lost sight of that this club was founded by artists and literary men and it is they who give it its peculiar and enviable distinction. We had a most enjoyable evening and after we returned Whittredge came to my studio where we smoked a cigar and talked until midnight. Eastman and his wife were invited to Edwina Booths wedding and he was greatly surprised that I was not, but I told him I would have been more surprised if I had been. He said Stedman spoke very slightingly of the Grosmans but I told him I had heard favorable accounts of Edwinas husband. I had heard his brother spoken of as a not agreeable person. Going out of my room in the afternoon I suddenly discovered that a boil or carbuncle had started on the back of my neck. I went directly up to Dr. Hunts but he was out and so could do nothing.

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