Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday March 28, 1879

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Friday, March 28, 1879, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Went and ordered some hickory wood and had a pipe put in the flue for the stove which does not draw well with my Franklin and then went to work painting on my picture and have kept at work on it all day and forwarded it considerably. Booth came in about noon. Told me he had written to Irving about going over and acting in his theatre while he comes to this country and that Stedman had written to Smalley. Mary came in shortly after he went. I have thought a great deal about Gertrude today and I miss her so that at times I do not see how I am to live without her. I think I have got her portrait a good deal like her and shall not do anything more to it but paint another one from it. This evening I called up at Whitelaw Reids and found him in the dining room with his neice and a Miss Phelps and a Miss Clapp. They had just finished dinner. He gave me a cigar and we went into his beautiful library where I spent the evening while the young ladies busied themselves about their work, Miss Phelps devoting herself to trimming a spring bonnet.

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