Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday February 21, 1876

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Monday, February 21, 1876, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

The weather being fine took a long walk clear down to William & Pine St. & home by the Bowery. Went to see the Costumer about Gertrudes costume and found that he had gone off to Canada without leaving the least directions about it. The costume I was to have had not come home and would not. I was enraged and gave them a severe rating. They were underlings however and could not help it but I rummaged around and finally got a set of jewels but no costume. Telegraphed to Gertrude to that effect so they will have to manage with the one they have as it is impossible to find a proper costume. I shall go up on Wednesday morning. Gifford dined with me. Found the frame for the Wilson picture here on my return and it is very satisfactory. I designed it for the picture. Met Wilson just leaving my rooms. He is apparently pleased with picture and frame, but is very fearful I will send it home before I have exhausted myself on it. I told him to give himself no uneasiness about that. Had a note from Bayard Taylor telling me he had seats on the platform for the Moody and Sankey meetings tomorrow night for us two. Went to the Council meeting. Stopped in a moment to see Mrs. Morrells pictures being exhibited there. I was not much struck by them. Somehow I had no confidence in their genuineness. She seems a business woman, has too many endorsements, too many circulars and talks too much. I got away before she tackled me. In the council we voted to have a summer Exhibition of American Art. It was snowing and raining when I came home. Had a letter from Gertrude in which she hopes I will get her a costume and I am very sorry I have failed to.

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