Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday January 9, 1886

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

Saturday, Jan 9, 1886 This has been a fearful day. The worst storm of the season has been raging since some time in the night and the streets are blocked with snow. When I went out to breakfast this morning it was [blowing?] and snowing violently and when I got to the house my fingers were [so?] cold that I experienced a fainting sensation; but it has been a good day to paint, an excellent light and no interruptions. Mr. Arthur Soper an old friend of Lucys and Saras called about five oclock to inquire about them. I have painted all day on my large picture and am advancing it. Julia Dillon and I were to have gone to Mrs. Tenters reception today to see Fanny Lee but the storm was too violent. Directly after dinner I went up to 59th St to see the Panorama of the fight between the Monitor and the Merrimac. It was most interesting and real and it about seemed like the actual thing. Mons. Fier le fain our French teacher is employed there and he gave me a card to this [?] signed his secretary ship which he has held for 27 years. Geo Butler had a good portrait of Evarts there but there was nothing else very striking.

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