Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday April 10, 1882

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 10, 1882, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Apr 10, 1882 It snowed in the night and was as cold as winter. My throat was very sore and today I was inclined not to come down but the medicine Sara gave me has helped me and so I came down by the noon train. I had a quieter and more restful feeling at home than I feared I should and tried to forget troubles for my mothers sake who is disturbed when I am in trouble. It was snowing when I arrived in town. I found a statement from the New Orleans Art Union rendering me $135 as the proceeds of my picture "Shades of Autumn" 20 x 24 sent there and for which I think my price was $450 but certainly not less than $350. Unfortunately I did not keep a note of the price. I went up to Rinners who has the money to pay for the pictures sold and tried to find out how this occurred but could not. I declined to receive the $135 and came back to my room and wrote to Mr. Day the chairman that there was an error and unless it had been committed by me I should not accept this amount but would compromise by taking $300 or they might return the picture. I wrote a polite note because I believe there has been a mistake somewhere. Found a note from Mrs. Eastman Johnson inviting me up there tonight to meet a few friends informally but my cold is getting better so I thought it not wise to go nor did I go to the Council meeting but staid over at Marys until 10 when I came to my room.

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