Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday June 24, 1879

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Tuesday, June 24, 1879, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Went home on Saturday by Powell with Sara, Gussie, Joe & Downing. Sunday tried a drawing of Lucy but did not succeed. Went over to the cemetery with Downing and laid some white and red roses on Gertrudes grave. Monday Downing & I went over to my home and made measurements for the painting window in my old studio. It was very touching to me to go see my place again and to feel that it was in my care again. Gussie and Joe left for Hillsboro Monday via Troy & Greenfield where they are to get Tula and take her home from school. Gussie felt very badly at coming but she is a brave woman who has much to bear. I made another drawing of Lucy in Gertrudes dress and painted it in which is very good in action. Downing and I came down this morning on the Powell. Elias Van Nostrand was buried yesterday. The weather has been cool and delightful so far but today it is pretty warm. I received a letter from Oscar and a little Japanese card case. Painted on my Autumn picture (Deans) and finished it. Eastman called at Marys this evening and when he left I went with him and together we went to the Century. Saw Prentiss who urged the Academy people to protest against Vanderbilts project for an Elevated rail road in Fourth Av. When I came to my room I wrote to Mr. Huntington asking him if he had not better call the Council together to consider the matter. Wrote to Mrs. Weir & to Woodhull who sent Oscars things.

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