Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday April 9, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 9, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Apr 9, 1886 Took a long walk after breakfast [?] half way over the Brooklyn bridge and [?]. Worked on the "Bees" and made the face of the figure lighter. Dined at Whitelaw Reids at 7.30 to meet Admiral Maxse of the Royal Navy. There were at the dinner beside him, Genl. Cullom, Admiral Nicholson U.S.N., Clarence Seward, a young Englishman whose name I forget, D. O. Mills, Mills Jr., John Jacob (or Wm. B.) Astor, Dr. Fordyce Barker, Moncure D. Conway and myself. I sat at the end of the table next to Conway on my right and Genl. Cullom on my left with Admiral Maxse next him. The military and the naval men were the least warlike looking of any of the party. Genl. Cullom has a very peculiar m_p_a_ sort of repetition to fill up the pauses in his conversation. Dr. Barker and Conway were the most entertaining to me and I talked most with then. There was also a Mr. Dickerson present, a distinguished patent lawyer I understood and last but not least Dana of the sun. I was rather surprised to see him there. As I went up to speak with Conway in the parlor Dana thought I was going towards him. He arose, advanced and seeing his error was about to retreat when taking pity on a man who gets cut pretty often I imagine I went up and gave him my hand. Conway, Dr. Barker and I talked of Beecher. Dr. B. and I believed him innocent of the charges against him but Conway was inclined to doubt his innocence, while yet entirely charitable towards him. We adjourned to Reids fine library and smoked and I came away at 11 feeling that I had not been stupid and had enjoyed the evening.

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