Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday December 22, 1872

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Sunday, December 22, 1872, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, Dec 22, 1872- I have just returned from hearing an excellent sermon by Dr. Bellows on the Pilgrim Fathers a most just and appreciative analysis of their character their mission and their influence on our national character. The weather is intensely cold so that my ears were nearly frozen coming home. Friday evening a meeting of the Century was called to pay our tribute of respect to the memory of Kensett. Mr. Huntington read a paper as did Hicks and John Gourlie. Dr. Bellows made some appropriate and fitting remarks as he always does. Dr. Osgood also spoke. The proceedings are to be embodied in a memorial volume. While we were in session Dr. Bellows announced the sudden death of George P. Putnam. He died suddenly, fell dead in a moment almost in his store on Friday afternoon. A few of the Artists present hearing that the Committee on Art for the Vienna Exposition had resigned their duties into the hands of the National Academy chiefly on account of some newspaper attacks emanating from that officious nuisance Perry, united in a protest and expressing entire confidence in the Committee and urging them to carry out the objects of the committee. It was signed by Huntington, Eastman Johnson, Gifford, Whittredge, Beard, and myself and subsequently by Hubbard and Hicks. It is outrageous that this wasp of a Perry rises up to breed trouble in any undertaking connected with art. I hope however we have circumvented him. I immediately wrote to Church for his signature he having expressed the same views to Huntington. Last night just before dark Mr. Wood of Brooklyn who was here a few days ago with Mr. Ogden, came in and after considerable hesitation as to which of my two brook scenes he would buy finally decided upon the one I painted for Dorman, for which he pays me four hundred dollars exclusive of the frame.

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