Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday February 12, 1884

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, February 12, 1884, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Feb 12, 1884 The weather continues most disagreeable, sleet and fog and mud day after day. I painted a little foggy winter picture of Hussey Hill. Attended a meeting of the Art Union. Shattuck seeing our scheme is likely to fail sent in his resignation but we laid it on the table. There were present Huntington, Wood, Dielman[,] Farrer[,] Perry & myself, absent Shattuck, Johnson (gone to Philadelphia[)] Bristol, Shirlaw, Bierstadt, Beard. We voted to shut the gallery which no one attends and send the pictures home and decided not to incur any further indebtedness after issuing the March No. of the Journal unless we get decidedly more encouragement in the way of subscriptions. We were all of that mind. Huntington who was made president while he was in Europe and might consistently have declined very generously volunteered to sustain his share of any loss we may incur. Bristol and Shattuck have not even taken a dollar of stock although I presume either of them is better able to than I am. The Newton trial began at the Century this evening. Newton was there with his counsel Tracy and Vanderpool. Nash conducted the examination of Hearn who was promptly on hand with his books and papers and bore himself well through a severe cross examination from Mr. Tracy. We adjourned until next Tuesday. Sara came down yesterday and is at Calverts.

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