Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday May 12, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 12, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, May 12, 1886 Came down in the early train and as soon as I arrived here mailed my note to Bray asking him to discount it and send me a check for it here. If he should decline I will be in a fix until I find some other way out. Found a letter from Annie Lee, one from Robbie Livingston wanting to borrow a hundred dollars which I answered at once as kindly as possible telling him I could not possibly do it but would be glad to, also two notes from Pinchot inviting me to go to Milford today and changing the time to Saturday. Weir came in. He had seen Pinchot. He said they had agreed on Saturday on account of the Academy meeting and he and Johnson were going. I promised Weir I would go up home with him tomorrow. After he left I wrote Pinchot I would go to Milford and called his attention to the picture offering it to him less the commission in the Academy and asking him if I should send it to him at the close of the exhibition. I am afraid he will decline. Attended the Annual meeting of the Academy which was a very satisfactory one. Arthur Quartley and C. Y. Turner were elected Academicians and Carroll Beckwith, Hamilton Hamilton, Joseph Lyman associates. Dielman made some excellent suggestions touching the exhibitions and Whittredge and I spoke on the subject. The dinner passed off more pleasantly and with much more dignity than usual and altogether it was an encouraging occasion. Came to my room at ten. Presently Whittredge who had left to catch a train and got left, came and staid until near 12. We talked over art matters and all the discouragements and tried to take a hopeful view.

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