Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday January 31, 1878

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Thursday, January 31, 1878, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Went home Saturday and returned Monday. Snowed a little Sunday night and fine effects Monday. Went with Bowyer Tuesday evening to see Booth in Shylock. Miss Carey's (the leading lady) mother was ill. He had to get Agnes Booth to take her part at the last moment. She had to play one act at the Union Square before she could come, so they played the farce first. I was in his dressing room all the time. Mrs. Booth came in time and played Portia very nicely indeed. Mrs. Cary's mother died about the time the stage manager announced her illness. Poor Miss Cary is alone. She is from Australia and has no relations here. Booth seemed to pity her greatly for he says she is a helpless sort of a person. Monday evening saw Booth in Othello which he acted particularly well. Painted all day Tuesday & Wednesday. Wednesday evening attended the Fraternity at Mr. Lewis. Vaux read a paper on play which was remarkably well written as well as read. I went home with Mrs. Groot and Mrs. Stedman. Staid a while at Stedmans and did not get home until Midnight. Wrote to Gertrude Tuesday and yesterday. Today a blinding snow storm has prevailed. Booth came and stood for a while. In the evening I attended the Trustees meeting at the Century. It was snowing and blowing furiously. Girard came in and dined with me.

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