Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday January 11, 1884

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 11, 1884, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Jan 11, 1884 Painted all day on the "Yellow woods". Dressed and went up to Eastmans to dinner according to promise. As I passed out of the janitors room found two notes in my box which I thought I would not open until I got up there. The servant announced my arrival to Eastman up stairs and I heard him exclaim "what" on a surprised manner while I was reading one of the notes which proved to be from Mrs Johnson asking me not to come as they had an engagement at a dinner party that evening and requesting me to come tomorrow evening instead. Pretty soon Eastman came down in his shirt sleeves with his suspenders dangling and bumping on the stairs very much distressed at the awkward situation I was put in. I told him not to trouble about me as it was of no consequence, all the time feeling not a little annoyed that they had not given me ample notice by sending word by a messenger. He wanted me to stay and dine with Miss Mullaney a niece of Charles O Connor's who is staying with them but as I was only very slightly acquainted with her I declined and departed declining the invitation for tomorrow as it is the Annual meeting of the Century and I knew it would make me late. It was snowing and a most disagreeable night and with a disappointed and annoyed feeling I took the car down to Purcells and dined alone instead of spending a pleasant social evening as I had hoped. Afterwards I came to my snug room and wrote to Sade.

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