Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday March 5, 1880

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 5, 1880, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Mar 5, 1880 Gussie and I went to Booths performance at the Academy of Music last night for the Herald Irish relief fund. The house was packed. Booth played 1 act of Hamlet one of Othello taking Iago and the Taming of the Shrew with Marion Booth as Katherine. Ole Bill played and Cary, Campanini, Gulani, Behrens and Vallina sang. Mr. Weeks called yesterday and asked my price for my Academy picture for a lady who wants a picture of mine. Today I painted on my "Uplands" all day and advanced it. Yesterday I painted on one of dear Gertrudes portraits which I brought down with me but not with much success. When I was home I went over to her grave and when I realized that all of her that "time could wither" was under that brown mound the earth grew empty to me and I had but one wish, to go to her. It is one of my sweetest thoughts now, to go to her, who can never come to me. I had a letter from Sara but my father does not seem to get any better. Wrote to her and to little Louise Weir.

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