Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday October 5, 1881

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, October 5, 1881, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Oct 5, 1881 When I went to my studio found a note from Sam saying he had changed his mind and instead of the picture he selected yesterday wanted me to send the "Reverie" to him at Rondout. He admired it very much yesterday. He pays me $800 for it. Just before I left for home as I was going up towards Broadway Fitch came running after me and told me he had had notice from Wells the agent of the Studio Building that Thompson must leave the building as he had been complained of by several of the inmates as a nuisance and a disgrace. I dont know when I have had any thing to make me feel so sad. What a disgrace, and how low he has fallen. What would his proud spirited wife say to that? I could not see him again but wrote to Booth that I thought the only way to keep him was to have him go to an Inebriate Asylum for medical treatment and suggested the one at Boston where Maurice was. Came home by 4 oclock train. The weather has suddenly changed from stifling heat to almost freezing cold. Found a letter from Eastman ready to go to the Maine woods but no word from my guide. Also a letter from Church. Decided to run up to see him tomorrow as I did not hear from Boynton.

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