Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday December 23, 1880

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, December 23, 1880, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Dec 23, 1880 Shortly after I got to my room this morning Miss Van Doren came as she said after her picture I gave her. She said she came back in an hour afterwards yesterday but I had gone. I presume she thought it not a dreadful thing to accept it. She brought me some Holly and Mistletoe. I tried to make her feel at ease and under no obligation. Mrs. Lawrence Barrett and Mrs. Clara Erskine Clement called with a card from Lawrence Hutton. Mrs. Clement was associated with him in compiling a history of artists which I have not seen. Mrs. Barrett is a very beautiful woman and was picturesque and becomingly dressed. I had a very agreeable call from them. Soon after they left Joe Cornell and his wife called. They looked at all of my pictures and bought my "Kaatskill River" for $800. I told him I would let him have it for that and that my price was $1000. This is a relief. It provides for many pressing demands which were staring me in the face and making me wretched. There was no immediate demand but the taxes will soon be due and now I am ready for them. I went and deposited my check and sent the picture home by Russell and I feel a thousand times freer and lighter. It is astounding what power for worry and trouble is the lack of money. I am going home tomorrow and I am so glad I can have some pleasant thing to say to them.

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