Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday September 2, 1882

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 2, 1882, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Sept 2, 1882 Andrews and I walked up to the circus before dinner and went in to the "side show" to see "the fat girl, Tattooed Man, Circassian Woman["] etc, very thin and the inside of the tent swelteringly hot. After dinner we took Charlie and Sedgwick and Jamie drove us up to the afternoon performance which in the main was as good as the usual run of circus. Calvert came this evening by the Powell. A letter from Mary Gifford and I answered it as she invited me up there. The Weirs are to be there. I invited them here but it seems they are not coming. Went to see Harper the ice man who talked of buying the barn. Would barely give me time to speak to him and so I came away without accomplishing anything. I begin to be troubled--a large family and visitors expected. I ought to be at work.

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