Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday January 12, 1884

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

Saturday, Jan 12, 1884 Bright and cold again. I breakfasted in my room after a walk down to Grand St. to pay a bill for Sara. Marion had her party last night and they thought breakfast would be likely to be late. Painted with satisfaction on my "Woods". Parton and Wood who called were much pleased with my subject and thought I would make a fine picture. Weir came in and we had lunch in my room and talked until after 4 oclock, he telling me many interesting things about his experiences. He seems distracted and while he tried to show interest in my work I could see he did not feel much being as I suppose absorbed in his own and besides I think he is more interested in European methods, but we had a most cordial and pleasant time. He left to return at 6 when we were to dine together. Just after he went Fuller came in and staid until dark. Weir came down and we went to Purcells and dined and then went to the Century. Nash read the report of the trustees upon Newtons case which gave rise to a somewhat stormy debate. Mr Tracy Newtons lawyer was excited and offensive and unfair. With very bad taste he denounced Hearn the dismissed steward as a liar and a swindler and his whole manner was in marked contrast to Nash's calm and fair statement and his defense of our action and prejudiced many against his client. It was finally determined to send the case back to the trustees without any conditions. The old ticket was almost unanimously elected with the exception of Oakley against whom the Newton faction rallied their strength and secured 90 votes against him to 118 in favor. I am again on the board I think for the 6th year. Sent my picture "Telling the bees" and a little winter moonlight on the glazed snow, but do not know what was thought of them every one being absorbed in the exciting subject at the meeting. Did not go to bed until nearly two oclock. Yesterday I sent Girard 225 dollars and a note for Bray to discount of $200 to pay our taxes, the best I could do. Am anxious to learn the result but do not mean to fret myself. I begin to need money but I have faith that it will come.

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