Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday May 11, 1880

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 11, 1880, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, May 11, 1880 Mary has gone up to Fishkill with Mrs. Morrell and I miss her very much. Attended a council meeting last night. I wrote to Sara yesterday. Mr. Wells came in with my bill for rent but I told him I could not pay it now. Today I have painted all day on dear Gertrudes portrait but I do not make it much like her. Booth and his wife came in this afternoon and staid a couple of hours. Gifford was here and his wife came in. He brought down the sketch he had made for Mrs. Booths album and I showed her mine. She was delighted with both of them. She looks very badly and has an ominous cough. She looks to me very much as though she were in a decline. I gave Booth the book which Pell left for him, from Burtons library. Spent the evening with Booth and his wife at the Brunswick Hotel and had a very pleasant time with them alone. I called at the Stoddards early in the evening and spent an hour with Dick and Lizzie. The troubles of life seem to have touched them pretty heavily.

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