Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday May 11, 1875

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Tuesday, May 11, 1875, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Went home on Saturday by Wallkill Valley R.R. Sunday was a lovely warm day. All the doors and windows open. Wished for plenty of money to do many things at home to adorn our lovely place. Came down Monday bringing Sara with me. Attended Council meeting. Am more and more impressed with the perilous condition of the Academy and the absolute necessity of putting off all selfishness for the good of Art. Dread the Annual Meeting on Wednesday as there is such a diversity of policy and no unity of action. Too much indifference, too much selfishness. Perhaps the Academy will have to go down. I for one am resolved that I shall not assist any longer in the present policy of spending money which has to be borrowed or begged. Sara and I called on Miss Cornans and invited her to lunch with us at 1 oclock which she did. Russell has just taken my contribution to the Academy "Dark Days" 18x24 including frame - one of my best pictures. He reports ill success in collecting the contributions. No one ready. No one cares. So short sighted! Church was in. Has good theories about the Academy but alas does nothing, does not even exhibit his pictures. The future will show how mistaken he is as to his real interests as an artist.

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