Thursday May 23, 1878
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Thursday, May 23, 1878, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Booth came again today and stood for Brutus. I am not getting on very well. Before he went away he handed me a check for $1000 and said the $700 I will owe him when I get through he will take a picture for one of these days. I did not know what to say, but he is a noble fellow and told me not to think about it or feel any obligation. Mr. Bancroft and I dined together this evening and went to the club where I saw Calvert. Wrote to Mary and to Gertrude last night. Wrote to Miss Durfee accepting the offer of $700 for my picture in the Academy "Over the hills and far away" for which my price was $1400. I did not feel that I could refuse it much as it humiliated me to accept it. A Mr. Wickes offered it and would give no more.
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