Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday April 30, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 30, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Apr 30, 1886 I cut from the Tribune this morning Bisphams communication which though dictated by friendship and a desire to help him, is I think unwise. "He doth protest too much." I am forced to believe that Booth was intoxicated. There can be no other explanation and there is no use denying it. That can and will be forgiven. The plain duty of all his friends now is to encourage and console him and thus to strengthen him for the future. My ms. and illustrations have come back from Harpers declined. I spent the evening at Marys.

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