Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday February 20, 1879

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Thursday, February 20, 1879, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Yesterday I painted on a small study of my "Cloud" picture. I also had an interview with Fitch about a course of treatment he has gone through for his deafness and wrote a letter to Mrs. Col. Cogswell about. At 4 o'clock I went down to Wheelers by the Long Island R. R. and spent the night with them returning today about 10 o'clock. I had a very satisfactory visit. Mrs. Wheeler talked with me about Gertrude and we revived the memories of twenty years ago. When I awoke this morning it was sunny. Wheeler drove me down to Jamaica. I mean to go there again for I like to be with Mrs. Wheeler. I found a sweet letter here from Sara. Her letters always bring tears but they are the tears that come of sweet, sad memories. She feels very tender of me and grieves that I am so unhappy. Today I have begun a head of Gertrude which I think looks very like her. I would like to paint it delicately and not with a strong effect. I do not hear any thing from my letter of last Saturday and am full of wonder as to what its effect will be. Booth came in for a while towards evening and Church and Beard called. Whittredge was in yesterday and told me he had bought some land out at Summit and Calvert is designing him a house. I found Platts name on my door when I returned. Wrote to Mrs. Cogswell.

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