The Jervis McEntee Diaries - December 10, 1885

Diary Entry:

Thursday, Dec 10, 1885 Sent a note to Rock asking about my suit of clothes but found a note from him shortly after asking me to come up and try them on which I did after breakfast. A letter from Hanna & Ives, Detroit, saying they thought they had a customer for my picture but he was rather undecided as there was only this one to select from. I wrote them offering to send my "Upland farm" or the Shokan subject (20x24) recently painted. Began a little picture 12x14 and have painted all day on it. I am going to try to paint pictures which will sell if I know how. Mr. Radford dined at Marys in the evening. He and Calvert are going to Baltimore by the midnight train to look over a tract of land which they are consulted about. We then went up to Columbia College after dinner to attend a meeting of the Archaeological Society to hear the report of Dr. Wm Hayes Ward the directory of the Wolfe expedition to Babylonia. It was not particularly interesting as he made no excavations but only went there to explore and to ascertain where it would be profitable to excavate. He showed some photographs on a screen and had a few articles from the ruined cities but which he got in Bagdad [sic] at the dealers in antiquities. He seems an interesting man however and my failure to be much interested was no fault of his.

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