Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday March 22, 1884

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 22, 1884, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Mar 22, 1884 Painted on my picture. The weather is mild and pleasant. Mrs Lacey, George Thompsons widow, who came to see me two years ago called again today. She is in one of the Departments in Washington. Has been out to Chicago to see her son who has been ill. She told me that while she was living in N. Y. two years ago Bunce the painter boarded at the house where she was. He spoke disparagingly of me little dreaming that she knew any thing about me. She told him she was from the same town, that she knew my family and resented his insinuations. Attended a meeting of the committee in charge of the Gordon Reception at the Century. Huntington[,] Robbins, B. F. Butler, Richard Butler, Eastman Johnson, Bristol, Collins, Nicoll[,] Perry and myself present. Huntington chairman appointed, Collins, Robbins, Nicoll, B. F. Butler, Richard Butler, myself and Huntington (added) committee on invitations. Robbins for the supper, and Nicoll for decorations and music. A form of invitation was agreed upon and it was decided to have the supper served in the South Gallery. We hope to make it a very distinguished affair. Received a notice of Hopkinson Smith's dinner to Gordon which I shall not respond to.

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