Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday April 13, 1875

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Tuesday, April 13, 1875, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Felt very badly all day and sat quietly in my chair most of the time. Outside a snow storm was raging, more than six inches having fallen. Girard came in. Hall came towards evening and proposed that he, Gifford and I should dine together in my room which we did. Talked with Gifford on his defection with the Academy. Feels very bitter towards the council and showed me his letter which he has sent in resigning as an Academician. Foolish! Foolish! Foolish, but I might as well talk to a rock. I did tell him I thought it was unkind for him to put himself deliberately in a position to give us so much trouble now when we had our hands full with the legitimate affairs of the Academy. I am very sorry for we cant afford to lose Gifford and what is more he cant afford to lose the Academy. We ought to have rescinded that rule concerning the clubs and I was ready to do it but the rest of the Council would not. This is so unlike Gifford but he is in dead earnest and no argument touches him. And to think too that this offense has been committed by his bosom friends, Whittredge, Johnson and myself. He ought to see it differently in that view. It gives me a feeling of discouragement about the Academy when such men fall away.

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