Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday June 16, 1881

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 16, 1881, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, June 16, 1881 Went to N.Y. by the early train. Went to Eastman Johnsons, and found him in his studio. It was a lovely cool day after the rain. Eastman gave me a most amusing account of going to Washington to try to get a place in some of the departments for Nelly. His disgust with Blaine and his interview with president Garfield and his kind and considerate treatment of him. He went at the initiative of Watterson who had made the way all clear as he and they supposed but Eastman was more than disgusted with the result. He has written Watterson a letter in which he gave free expression to his opinion of Blaine. He told me that when his brother Reuben was a prisoner in the old Capitol during the war they got Blaine to help them get him out. He said it was worth five hundred dollars and actually made them promise him a silver pitcher which they did give him and which cost them a hundred and fifty dollars. Isnt this a specimen of a great statesman. From Eastmans I went down town and was gone until 7 oclock doing many errands in my preparations for my Nevada trip and returned there to dinner when I saw Nelly, who is going to Nantucket with May and his family who are to have a house there. Yewell came in to Eastmans in the evening. Went to my studio to sleep.

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