Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday July 2, 1876

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Sunday, July 2, 1876, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

We have been hard at work getting the house in order the past week. I had a man come up from Becks to hang the paper in the room, in the little hall bedroom and the upper & lower halls. He came on Wednesday afternoon and by Friday afternoon he had completed it all falling short of border which he is to send up and I am to put on. He was an excellent workman and I make a note of his name (Johns Struthers) in case I want to employ him again. Thursday having received a note from Booth I went to New York on the Powell to meet him at my room. He was looking remarkably well. We had lunch together in my room and a good long talk. He is very anxious to have me make some sketches of him in his principal characters and seems to think I can do it better than any one else. I told him how little I had practiced the figure and how much I distrusted my ability but he persists in having me try it. Mary, Gussie, Julia, Dwight & Joe lunched in Vaux's room. Gus & Joe had been to the Centennial with Dwight & were going to start for Hillsboro that evening. Dwight, Julia & Calvert were going on with them. I came back with the Powell. The evening before Gertrude and I had stopped to inquire about Mrs. Lindsley who had been very ill and found that there was no hope of her recovery. She died on Thursday after years of ill health leaving poor Mr. Lindsley alone except that he has his daughters two children. The funeral took place yesterday. I do not dare to think of his desolate home today. Girard & Mary and their boy came up last evening by the Powell for the summer I presume. We got our room and the hall in order nearly yesterday and the result is very satisfactory. The Democrats have nominated Tilden for President and Hendricks a rag money man for Vice President. I shall vote for Hayes. Tilden is a partisan and while his reform spirit may be a genuine one he has not always been a reformer and his silence at least, during the war does not suit me. When I went down on the Powell Thursday the Vassar students were on board on their way home, many of them of the graduating class. I found Miss Bessie Gifford among them and a Miss Brown of Milwaukee and had a pleasant talk with them about the college.

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