Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday December 15, 1881

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, December 15, 1881, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Dec 15, 1881 A number of calls today. From Mr. Adams for pictures for the Utica exhibition in January. From Mr. Conkey to explain why he had not paid me a balance of $100 on a little picture he bought of me. He had had trouble and been pressed for money and I told him to pay me when he could and not let it distress him. Weir came in and our intercourse was stiff and constrained. I wonder why! I am afraid Weir is growing too much interested in my own Art affairs and that he thinks he has made discoveries which will prove unsatisfactory to him in the end. Mrs. Cornell & Mr & Mrs. Carpenter came. The first time they were ever at my studio. Mrs Cornell liked one of my pictures and asked the price and said "she wished she could afford it" I told her I wished she could. Joe Tomkins came to Marys in the evening. I took him around to the club and we walked down together. What a discontented, restless man. Out a part of the day buying Christmas presents. Grew cold towards sunset to my delight.

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