Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday February 20, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, February 20, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Feb 20, 1886 The weather again became cold in the night. I ordered two frames for my two small pictures and today finished the "Yellowstone" and have begun a twilight moon rise effect a reminiscence of the Roman Campagna. Went to the club in the evening and had a very pleasant time. Saw Eastman and Booth came in after the play with Bispham. He was very cordial and surprised and pleased to see me. After supper we sat down together and talked until after 1 o'clock. I hear from several sources that he is drinking again which I sincerely hope is not true. He took lager beer two or three times during the evening which I always considered unwise for him and I frankly told him so. He complains of lack of energy and of feeling badly all the time but looks well. I think he begins to show his age and I imagine grows to look like his father. He wanted me to go up to his hotel and stay with him but I told him I was going home in the morning and had to go to my room.

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