Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday May 1, 1879

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Thursday, May 1, 1879, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Went up to Scarsdale on Tuesday afternoon with Mr. Butler and returned last evening. We rode through the woods yesterday forenoon and in the afternoon he and Mrs. B and I took a lovely drive through the country leaving me at White P[l]ains where I took the train at 4 for the city. It was an ideal spring day with fine skies, showers, springing grass, and buds and flowers. Found here letters from Lucy, Sara, Booth and Mrs. Sawyer. Darling Gertrude was with me at Scarsdale when I was last there and she was with me again in all these suggestions of the awakening year, taking me away from all my earthly cares and sorrows which alas return when I come back to the loneliness of my studio. This morning I had a nice letter from Lily French and have written to Lucy and to Weir to have Mrs. Weir and Emma, who are coming to town designate an evening when they will go to the theatre with me. Last night I called on Mr. Wicks at the Sherwood House and at Eastman Johnsons and for the first time saw the decorations of his house which he has just completed. Miss Brownscombe has called for a picture for a loan exhibition at Honesdale. I have let her have my Winter Twilight 10 x 12 price $200. Money anxieties press upon me and trouble me. My rent is due and I cannot pay it yet. I try not to worry but I cannot help it sometimes. Attended a meeting of the Trustees at the Century this evening. Met Weir there and had him come and stay with me over night.

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