Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday October 19, 1887

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, October 19, 1887, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Oct 19, 1887 John and I went up and had an interview with Mr. [Kenyon?]. The result is that our duty according to him is to sell all the property as soon as we can. I felt somewhat discouraged at the legal aspect of affairs but as John says he of course showed us how to avoid going wrong and that after all what we have to do is to go on and do the best we can, but it all makes me feel very unsettled and as I have no money, pretty helpless. Mrs. Van Deusen came over to have us lunch with Mrs. Field and her sister Mrs. H[?], Christian Scientists. Dr. Magee was there. Mrs. Van Deusen thinks them wonderful women. They are very attractive but they struck me as women accustomed to society who wanted a new sensation and have found it in this. What we learned years ago they regard as discoveries and some things they think they have discovered they will live to regard as Chimeras. I meet their father in N. Y. at the Century. Annie Norton called just before we left. She is very glad to be at home again. Dr. Magee came home with us. He was not more impressed with the profundity of the two ladies than I was.

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