The Jervis McEntee Diaries - November 24, 1885

Diary Entry:

Tuesday, Nov 24, 1885 Still raining all day. I did not go over to Marys to lunch to see Charlie. I really do not care to go through the trial of meeting him. If he cares to see me he will come here. I have no ill feeling towards him but I feel it is better not to see any of them. Painted most of the day but as is usually the case when I have not well considered my subject I have not succeeded very well, still I hope to get something out of it. A telegram came from Edward Brown telling me he had an offer of $400 for my picture "Changing Skies" in the Fall Exhibition. I sent him word to accept it. Charlie Osman came in about 3 o'clock and staid until after 5. He seemed to want to speak of the troubles and began by saying he hoped I would come up there. I told him I probably would never go there and then I told him how contemptible in my eyes was Joe's refusal to allow Charlie to go on with our business enterprise. Charlie could not defend it and I told him it showed me what Joe was capable of and that I never wished to see him again, that it was utterly impossible that I could ever have any respect for him. I said not a word about Laura except to ask him if he saw the letter she wrote Sara. He said he had not seen it and I answered "I am sure you could not have seen it for you never would have permitted her to send it.["] He did not ask me what it was and evidently did not wish me to explain and I did not. Poor fellow. He is in a most difficult and embarrassing situation. Really esteems us and does his best for peace and I told him we all thought just the same of him as we always had. He was not sure whether he would start for home this evening or not, but he went away about half past five. He asked me to dine with him at the hotel, but I told him I had an engagement this evening and they would expect me at Marys. I wish Mary could have had been there to dinner. He said when he went away that he felt grateful to all of us for feeling so kindly to him, but I told him he had done nothing to cause us to feel otherwise and I said I hoped he would always come to see me when he came here. I went up and spent the evening with Miss Nesmith and Mrs. Anderson. It was a rainy, disagreeable evening.

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