Monday January 24, 1876
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Monday, January 24, 1876, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Down at the office of the elevated R.R. which is in the parlor of an old mansion near Bowling green I was struck with the fine mahogany doors of good design. This gave me an idea that at some of the second hand lumber yards up town I might find some of these doors for my studio so I went up to Broadway & 37th St where there are three of these great places where one can buy every thing that comes out of a house and there I found I could buy solid Mahogany doors with the great hinges etc. for from $4 to $6 each and folding doors for $15 per pair. These doors are 9 ft high and 3 feet wide or more. Ordinary price doors cost $9 each. It is fun to go about making these discoveries and I only wish I had money to pick up a thing I want when I see it. I hate to go in to the second hand furniture shops the keepers are generally very morose and cuss, I presume from a life long habit of dealing and trading on the misfortunes of the poor. Calvert dined with me. He has taken the room which Dr. Hayes had opposite ours and the rent is more than he supposed it would be $225. I only pay $200 for mine. Attended the Council meeting. The irrepressible Perry presented his scheme for a great paying school at the Academy signed by a whole lot of Academicians, as though we had never thought of this and utterly ignoring the fact that it is impossible under the law which frees us from taxation. I cannot adequately express my disgust at this irrepressible and mischievous meddler. He has sown discord in the Academy and will be a nuisance there as long as he lives.
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