Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday June 10, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 10, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, June 10, 1886 Wrote to Eastman Johnson last night asking him, his wife and Ethel to come up and spend next Sunday with us. Went over to my studio and painted on my picture. I am not at all pleased with it. It looks poor and spiritless and after every such failure I feel discouraged and despondent. The fact is I am in no mood to paint. I am too anxious and worried and troubled. We had a small shower this afternoon after a rather warm but lovely day. After it was over I went out on the roof and cleaned out the gutters which had become clogged with the blossoms of the Elm trees which are getting to be a great nuisance. Have nearly finished "Henry Esmond". A dispatch from Niagara says the commission consisting of G[?] & D[?] have concluded to have a plan of the Park and that probably Vaux and Olmstead will be asked to make it jointly. I wonder how this will please Calvert. They are limited in expense to two thousand dollars. A letter from Lucy tonight gives an account of Genl. Howards visit to Fort Gaston. He is to send Major Earnest to relieve John as soon as possible but no date is fixed and their coming is still in doubt. Girard went to West Point today. He saw Lieut. Brown for a moment only as he was on duty and the Annual Examination is going on.

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