Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday February 2, 1878

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Saturday, February 2, 1878, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Have sent a note by messenger to Mr. Dod to tell him I would be here on Monday if he could come then. Girard is to go home today. I made a note for $1000 for 3 mos. to his order which he is to try to [?] discounted if Mr. Dods visit results in no purchase, with which to pay my fathers note and our interest on mortgage. So I go into depths from which I fear I may not be able to extricate myself. I send my Booth as Hamlet and "Over the hills and far away" to the club tonight. Terrible tales of wreck and loss of life came in the papers this morning. A dreadful wreck on the coast of N. Carolina of a ship going to South America with rail road materials & laborers. 160 lives lost. Steamer Metropolis. Went ashore not far from the Huron. Sent a messenger to Dodd to tell him I would be in town on Monday. Shortly after he returned Mr. Dodd came in having business near here. He liked the picture very much and I am in hopes of selling it to him at something of a reduction. He is to telegraph me Monday whether he and Mrs. Dod can come then or on Friday. Sent my "Hamlet" and "Over the Hills and far away" to the club. There was a good collection of pictures. Wyant had a good picture, fine in many respects but a little in the French manner and not good in composition. It was much liked. My picture seemed to be liked but there was no enthusiasm about any thing. One or two people spoke to me in praise of Hamlet but the Artists were careful not to say a word. However it looked very well and I was not ashamed of it. Weir was there. The Committee in charge of the Paris pictures telegraphed him to come to talk to him about going with them, but he told me that John Taylor Johnson talked so brutally (unintentionally) that he was disgusted. Johnson has not a particle of tact. I never talked with him that he didnt irritate me, and I find that others are beginning to discover the same thing.

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