Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday November 13, 1880

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 13, 1880, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Nov 13, 1880 Went to New York by the early train. Mary, Calvert, Julia and I attended a reception to Mr & Mrs. [?] D. Conway at Stedmans. I had a brief interview with each of them. Met many friends. Mr & Mrs Youmans, Mrs. Bullard, Holt, Miss Reid, Miss Hillard and many others. In the evening Calvert, Mary, Lily Taylor and I went to M'lle Sarah Berndardt's reception at the Theatre of the Union League to see her pictures and sculpture. The sculpture seemed the better of the two, but both showed no inconsiderable cleverness. I was more interested in her. She seemed a rather prepossessing woman and not so sensational in manner and appearance as I had expected. We were not presented as we might have been, but we could not depend upon our French well enough to seek an interview. We went early and before we left there was a great crowd. Afterward Calvert and I went to the club. Stedman came there with Mr. Conway but I did not speak with him.

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