Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday April 18, 1875

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Sunday, April 18, 1875, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Attended Mr. Frothinghams church at M[?] Hall this morning. Subject - Conflict between Religion and Science. Held there could be no conflict, but that the conflict was between Theology & Science. A mans religion is his own. Cant be held responsible if he refers Parker to Isaiah. I agree. I like many things better than Isaiah. Thinks the insertion of the name of God in the Constitution wont purify politics, restrain dishonest legislation etc. A sermon full of sound sense. Met Lily Taylor and Mrs. Lambron (Taylors sister) there. Told me Taylor got home last night. Walked over to Vauxs with my Mother and Bowyer and dined there after which went up to Taylors and staid to tea. Had a nice talk with Taylor on being true to Art and on true Artists finding their society in each other. After tea went back to Marys again but came home shortly to write to Gertrude to tell her all about Lucys delay. Am a good deal troubled about her affairs. Regarding Churchs picture, Mary told me today she had seen a letter from Church to Calvert in which he said he was going to have a picture at Goupils. I expected it. He has expressed himself very unmistakably regarding the action of the council of the Academy in excluding pictures shown at clubs. He has said very emphatically "it is a very narrow policy." He is an Academician. He does nothing for the Academy but criticise it. Wont accept any office, wont exhibit his pictures but each year while the Academy exhibition is going on brings out a picture at Goupils. I wonder what policy he would call that. I am getting pretty sick of this sort of thing and hope he wont present me with an opportunity to say what I think of it.

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