Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday May 14, 1873

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 14, 1873, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, May 14, 1873- The annual meeting of the Academy. Our party hoped to elect Huntington president but there was a tie between him and Ward and he withdrew in favor of Ward much to our disappointment. My name was on one of the tickets (the opposition with which I have no sympathy) for vice president and I found to my surprise that I should have taken a nearly unanimous vote, but I peremptorily declined and nominated Whittredge who was elected. I came away with a feeling of great disappointment as did Johnson and Gifford but on talking with others I find a pretty good feeling. Johnson and I staid to the dinner although we did not want to. Church staid also and there were many promises from Academicians to do their best to make the next exhibition creditable. The Academy is in a bad way and I don't feel that much was accomplished at this meeting, but time will show.

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