Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday December 5, 1879

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Friday, December 5, 1879, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Called to see Mr. Huntington this morning to call his attention to the importance of appointing a proper nominating committee at the Century. He was not well. We went to his studio and selected certain names and he said he would go to the meeting if only for a short time. Did some errands. Booth sent me a box for this evening. Wrote notes to Mrs. Gifford and Mrs. Wheeler inviting them to go with me this evening. A Mr. Gibson called to see about making a drawing of my studio for the Art Journal. Found him a very pleasant man and had a pleasant interview with him. Found he lives in our building in 18th St. Mr. Skinner called and left a sketch he is making of me to look over. Mary came with Miss Stillman and Miss Noxon called while they were here. Dined with Gifford and with the Wheelers we went to see Booth as Betruccio, Marion Booth as Fiordelisa. I never cared much for the play but this evening I enjoyed it greatly. There was an immense audience the great house being packed to its utmost capacity, and the people most enthusiastic. It recalled the Old Winter Garden days. Booth was at his best. Young Levick acted very nicely as did Marion Booth and Marta Fritz Williams made a hit as a page. At the end Booth brought all these with him before the curtain.

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