Sunday February 8, 1874
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, February 8, 1874, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Sunday, Feb 8, 1874- I called at Mr. Deforests on Friday evening but they were out. Spent the evening at Alfred Booths. It snowed furiously and the weather remains cold. Mr. & Mrs. Booth came down to see me yesterday and I showed them all my pictures. Went to the monthly meeting of the Century and staid until after midnight. Vaux's plan for the Centennial was there and was much admired. It strikes me as a remarkably fine and original building. I sent a little Hudson River picture. Avery asked my price for a little late Autumn I have here in my studio and I told him to come to my room and we would talk about it. There was an article in the Tribune yesterday morning saying that Edwin Booth had gone into bankruptcy and has lost every thing. I saw Thompson at the club last night and he corroborated it. It gave me a great shock. I have written to Booth today about the money I owe him and about which he has been so kind. I asked him if it would be of any service to him, if he had any creditor whom he was particularly anxious to secure, any one to whom he was peculiarly bound, to take my little place in the country and pledge it for the balance of its value above the mortgage. If it would I offered it freely asking no security but his honor and his sure future, having no fear that he would not return it to me.
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