Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday November 21, 1876

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

Went home on Saturday. Sunday was a stormy day and I was delighted to be at home. Monday was very stormy. I came down by the 12 o'clock train and got here about dusk. Every thing was forlorn and I was as homesick as I could be. Went to the Council Meeting. All these meetings are very distasteful to me and in fact I am as unhappy as I can well be. Booth came and sat to me as Richard 2nd. I am to try my hand on a series of pictures of him in his characters to which he has urged me repeatedly seemingly having entire confidence in my ability to do them. I distrust my powers in that way, but still I am going to try. I made a very good beginning but tonight feel most anxious and uncertain about it. Gussie, Laura, Julia & Mr. Osman came and we all dined together. The young folks went to see Booth in Hamlet and Gussie & I to see the Shaughraun.

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