Thursday December 28, 1876
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Thursday, December 28, 1876, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Walked down Broadway and bought a hat and left my cap to be fixed. Fredericks photograph establishment was burning. Knoedler did not come but sent a note asking me to appoint another time. That is the last of that. He didnt mean to come. Painted a water color. The same subject I painted up home only I did it on white paper and it is much more brilliant. Mr. Hoe came with Mrs. Robt. Hoe. He looked at my Autumn Idyl again and I am sure from his actions he wants it. Wanted me to come up and see him but I told him I had many engagements although I would be pleased to come. He wants to tell me how poor he is and how he has no room for any more pictures and all the time he wants this one and intends to buy it if he can worry me out of it at a low price. I have offered it to him below my price and I really would be glad if some one would come along and buy it and prevent him from getting it. Why a rich man does not buy what he wants when it is offered at a reasonable price is what I dont understand. Mr. Seary the scene painter called with a letter of introduction from Mr. Tenbrook. Received a letter from Gertrude enclosing one from Weir. Seeing the announcement of Uncle Charles death he supposed it was my father. Wrote to him and to Gertrude also sent checks to Truck & Bushans, Patchin Rock $10 & Beck $10. Dined at Phillips with Hall.
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