Tuesday June 22, 1880
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 22, 1880, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Tuesday, June 22, 1880 Staid at Marys last night. After breakfast went over to Ellen and Kitzins in 21st St. with my drawing for the head stone for Gertrude and made arrangements to have it executed in Indiana limestone at once. My drawing seemed entirely intelligible. Then I went to my studio and Booth came at 11. He immediately began to explain his letter of last week to me and unburdened himself completely and without reserve of his domestic troubles which he has been patiently bearing for many years and bearing silently. I was utterly taken by surprise at some of his revelations and never dreamed of the extent of his trials until he told me the details. I cannot help thinking he has been most patient and that under an accumulation of troubles he has borne himself with fortitude and dignity. I think it was a relief to him to talk to me and I advised him to still be patient and to bear his trials as he had in the past, that some day he would see peace and rest and nothing would bring that without the approval of his own conscience. I never felt more sorry for any one than I did for him. We walked together up to 18th street when it was time for me to leave and there I parted with him. He said he would write to me before he sailed and tell me the state of affairs and that he would write freely to me from the other side. I went over to Marys and got my satchel, rode over to 24th St and came home by the Powell.
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