Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday October 16, 1876

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Monday, October 16, 1876, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Bowyer & I went to Rondout by the 11 50 train. The morning was bright & beautiful but it grew cold and windy and rained in the evening. We attended a meeting of the Literary Club at Edna Tomkins at which Mr. Camp read an essay which provoked a good deal of criticism. It rained when we went home. Sunday was cold and windy and the hills at the zenith were white with snow all day and even this morning. Joe and Gussie were at home where they arrived on Tuesday and Laura is rapidly improving. I returned today by the 2 p.m. train a slow train that I will avoid hereafter. Got to my studio about 7. Had tea and went to the Council meeting. Passed a lot of drawings. Could not help noticing that Page did not care to assume any responsibility for admitting students and rather seemed to hold back and let the rest of us decide. He announced that he was going to advocate schools and spoke bitterly and angrily of the dead condition of the schools. I as decidedly announced that I should steadily vote against incurring any debt even for schools. I foresee wrangling and trouble as soon as Perry arrives and expect my winter to be spoiled in strife in the Council. I shall try to keep from getting excited as I have enough private anxieties. I felt badly to leave home and would not have come today had I not expected to see Alfred Booth before he sails. Found his card here. He called on Sunday and would try to come again today but do not know whether he did. Found Oscar Sawyers card. Wrote to Gertrude as I promised to. Bowyer remained at Rondout and will come down Wednesday. He was enjoying his visit and I only wish I had felt happy and could stay to take some walks with him.

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