Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday April 21, 1875

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Wednesday, April 21, 1875, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

[newspaper obituary for Charles Dawson Shanly attached] Had a most unpleasant discussion over Giffords matter on Monday night in the Council. Remained there until after 12 o'clock and could not come to a conclusion. Dined with J. L. A. Ward last evening at the Union League Club with Whittredge & Eastman Johnson to meet a Mr. Tuttle an artist just come from Paris where he has been studying with Duran. This morning have been down town with Lucy to see about her journey. At the Union Pacific Office they had a telegram from the Passenger Superintendent advising passengers not to leave New York until the end of the week as there is a great crowd and confusion at the creek. Lucy has decided to go back home and return here on Saturday so as to leave Friday night as I received a telegram from Mr. Mc[?] saying he would wait until she arrived. I knew Shanly well in years gone by used to see him frequently. I had met him but seldom of late but never without a wish that he would make himself more familiar. He was a man whom I instinctively inclined to, a genial warm hearted fellow bearing about with him a suggestion of a secret sorrow which subdued but did not sour a sweet nature. I remember now that when I have met him latenly he seemed to be struggling with fortune, or having a hard time in money matters. I wish now I could have got nearer to him had invited him here, for Gertrude had met him and I know she could have been in many ways a comfort to him. But he is gone and I can only lament that I did not do what my heart dictated.

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