Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday July 4, 1875

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Sunday, July 4, 1875, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Bowyer, Thatcher, Fred Stedman and I went through the cement quarries yesterday with Ned Tomkins. Girard and his wife and baby came today. The Literary Club met here last night. Mr. Denniston read the "essay on the reission of the Bible". Mr. Blauvelt created no little interest by remarking that he thought this reission of the bible argued a melancholy state of affairs in that the best talent should be content with such trivial work because it was unable to cope with questions a failure to answer which threatened the very existence of Christianity. The clergymen are on the alert when Blauvelt speaks. I am much interested in him as an explorer and advanced thinker. He makes no secret of having put off his orthodoxy.

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