Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday February 19, 1878

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Tuesday, February 19, 1878, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Went to work immediately after breakfast and did not go for my usual walk. Booth was to come but did not. Henry brought his Richard suit. Nash came for his opal. I told him I had concluded not to take it. Bowyer showed it to Mr. Marcus last night and he said it was not worth over $100 and if I wanted to sell it could not get half that. Worked all day on studies for my picture. I made a pearly opalescent sketch to which I incline although it is not as effective as if it were darker. Calverts card came out in the Tribune this morning. I was shocked at first but he means war and perhaps it is as well to begin vigorously. Eastman called. They propose a dinner to Taylor of a few personal friends. Church called. Gave him the palette my father made for him. Have not heard from my father today and am anxious about him. Spent the evening at Taylors. Mr. Bancroft from Wilmington was there. Lily came down today. She has left Vassar to go abroad with them. Bancroft said Taylors name was sent to the Senate today. As soon as he is confirmed he will go Washington and then he will know whether he has to leave. Wrote to Gertrude.

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