Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday January 7, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 7, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Jan 7, 1886 Painted on various pictures, my large one not being dry enough, but mostly on Mrs. Warrens picture. Gill called and I am to let him have the little picture which came home from Buffalo if the one in Detroit does not arrive in time. Spent the evening at Marys reading Miss [Morper's?] story "Away down in Lonesome Cove["]. She writes most interestingly and many of her suggestions of the landscape are full of feeling--some are rather gushing. I was looking over the announcement column in the Tribune this evening and noticed so much I would like to see. Modjeska is playing at the Star, the American Opera at the Academy of Music, the Mikado at the Fifth Avenue and many other things, but I have not dared to spend a cent for some time in anticipation of the Annual taxes. This evening I sent off my check to Grove Webster the County Treas. for $403.34 the amount of my fathers, Calverts and my tax and now I have just 1.34 in the bank with nothing certain coming in except bills. However I paint away and keep hoping to sell something, but it is awfully depressing to be out of money. I notice I am pretty well contented as long as I have money and full of worries when I have none. The weather is very cold.

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