Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday March 24, 1881

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 24, 1881, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Mar 24, 1881 Ordered a pair of pantaloons at Nicolls "The Tailor" an experiment. Took my study to be lined and bought a box of water colors for little Jimmy. At work again in Giffords room. Spent the evening at Eastman Johnsons. He told me that Mrs. Sanford Gifford is in great distress because she has been told by Col. Wilkinson that she is to have no share in the proceeds of Sanfords pictures and that she has all she is to have. I am greatly annoyed and troubled by this for it seems evident to me he meant to make her independent which she will not be now. She thinks W. is her enemy and is doing every thing he can in opposition to her interests. I do not like to believe this and I have so much respect for all the Gifford family that I cannot help believing they will carry out the spirit of Sanfords will regardless of the letter of it. I certainly hope there will be no disputing his will or his evident intentions. Any thought that such a thing could happen would have been shocking to him.

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