Thursday December 8, 1887
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, December 8, 1887, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Thursday, Dec 8, 1887 It was dark & damp this morning but has cleared off warm. George Hall called to see me. He wants to sell his pictures at auction and came to see if I would allow him to hang his pictures at Ortgies' at the same time mine were being exhibited, but I told him I would rather not. That it was my idea to sell my pictures alone and I feared the public would get the two sales confounded. He saw the objections and seemed in no way displeased by my polite refusal. Bowyer, Marion, Mr. Warden and Rogers called on me. I have been at work touching up my sketches. Went with Mrs. Custer to the Nineteenth Century Club. Andrew Carnegie defended Democracy. Rush Hawkins followed in an exaggerated presentation of its evils, and the author of "Danton" a German I should think spoke on Socialism. The feature of the evening was a severe attack by Carnegie on the President, Cortland Palmers defense of Anarchists. He was very plain-spoken and hit from the shoulder, to the great discomfiture of Palmer. It was encouraging to listen to a hopeful, successful man like Carnegie, a man who sincerely believes the world is growing better, as opposed to the croakers who only see the evils of government and society. I met several pleasant people. Mr. Church, Engineer of the Croton Acqueduct, and his wife[,] Mrs. Wheeler, Dora and Frank Thurber, Parke Godwin, Mrs. Dielman and Louis Tiffany and his wife who was Miss Knox whom I met up at Mrs. Wheelers cottage in the mountains when I visited there.
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