Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday December 5, 1876

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Tuesday, December 5, 1876, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Booth came today but could not sit as he did not feel well and his wife was not well. His man brought his Hamlet costume around and he said he would give me a good sitting tomorrow. Tait an artist from Cincinatti called. I met him first in Dusseldorf. Also a man came with a letter from De Haas for pictures for an exhibition in Newark. Dined with Eastman Johnson. Rouse was there and an Englishman from Montreal named King a queer half crazy man, fond of the Drama and something of a literary character. He had been to see Booth in Richard II last night and was most strongly impressed. He had seen all the actors since Charles Keane and he made a note in his note book last night that "the spirit of Keane should revisit the earth that he might go back and tell his friends that he had suffered an eclipse." He was a queer fellow but a character. Wrote to Gertrude. Have painted today on the background of the Richard, but have felt melancholy and worried. I awoke in a most wretched and unhappy state and have felt depressed all day.

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