Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday December 7, 1876

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Thursday, December 7, 1876, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Booth came again and sat for me as Hamlet. He is an excellent and most patient sitter and we have a nice quiet time together. I think he enjoys the quiet of my studio as we lock the door and let no one in. The Brooklyn Theatre burned on Tuesday and at first it was said no one was lost but last night it was ascertained that nearly three hundred people perished in the flames. Booth said he could not get it out of his mind all through the play, and that he never had any thing that was not a personal sorrow so affect him. His wife came after him and I told her what a patient sitter he was. She said that was because he was very much interested in these pictures. He is very much pleased and has perfect confidence in me to do them as well as any one can. I got on very satisfactorily today. Received a letter from Gertrude and wrote her tonight. I went to St. Gaudens today and ordered her a pair of cork soled shoes. Mary & Calvert dined with me and spent the evening with me and Fred Norton came in and spent the evening also. I slept badly last night and awoke early very troubled but Booth said today "Jervy whatever trouble you have always think some one has a greater."

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