Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday April 11, 1881

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 11, 1881, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Apr 11, 1881 Painted a little on my illustration for Taylors poem from my father. Drove down to the Point taking little Charlie and young Wadsworth along. Came down to N. Y. by the noon train. Lily McEntee came along. Many things at home to make me anxious for my deepest interest is with them there. I read dear Gertrudes letters and for the time seemed to have her near me. Nothing brings me so close to her as these dear letters which she wrote me from the depths of her love for me. Went to the Century at 5 o'clock to meet Gordon. He did not come. He telegraphed me Saturday that Butler offered the smaller Parthenon at $2000 and wished me to write my advice to him at the Century. I advised him to buy it, and I learned from Mr. Huntington that he did secure it. Attended the Gifford sale. The pictures did not sell nearly as well as I expected, for I had formed a high estimate of Giffords popularity. Saturday before I went home I called to see Thompson who has arrived from Florence and is in Fitch's room. He looks sad and I feel the old tender feeling for him, as of something restored to me from my lost youth. He thought I had not changed at all and looked even younger than when he went away. I am glad to have him back here again.

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