Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday August 17, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 17, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Aug 17, 1886 The North wind blew this morning and the air was cool and brilliant. Calvert and I went to N. Y. and Andrews and Jamie to West Point. I went directly to my room and selected a lot of my studies, and got a box and packed them up and ordered them sent by express. Then I went around to see Wilmurt about my Detroit picture but he was not in. Evidently it had not arrived there but may have been sent directly to Louisville. Went to the Vienna Restaurant and got my dinner. After I had finished discovered that I had broken a great piece from one of my back teeth to my great chagrin. Having a little time on my hands I strolled down Broadway and on my return met Calvert who was on his way to see Mr. Green about the money Tilden still owed him for work on his Grammercy Park house. He looked jaded and worried and felt how uncertain it was when he would get his money. I returned to my room for a couple of canvases to take with me and went up to the 3.45 train reaching home at 6.25. I am thankful I do not have to stay in town. My room looked forbidding and forlorn and it gave me a homesick feeling to think of going back there. It is a different place to me now that my bedroom is taken away and Mrs. Winter is no longer there, and I feel my tenure very slight there. I thought sadly of dear Gertrude there and of our life in that place where we had many anxieties indeed but all softened and tempered by mutual love and happiness. I came across a sketch made many years ago in the Clove in which I painted her and little "Perry" the dog sitting beside her. I noticed the leaves are changing a little in places and the year seems on the wane. The little "chippies" which I fed in front of the door every day have not been seen for several days. I wonder where they go.

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