Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday January 5, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 5, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Jan 5, 1888 Cold still. Worked a little, but the time drags and I am full of unrest. I had a note from Booth in answer to mine of last Friday sending me his box for tomorrow night for Julius Caesar and telling me he could loan me the money he promised me a year ago but which he could not at the time, without interest but asking for security. After dinner I went around to the club to acknowledge the note but all the writing desks were occupied there and so I came to my studio and wrote to him. I thanked him for the box and also for his offer to loan me the money, but that happily the need for the latter had passed but that I was just as much obliged to him. I said I would come into his dressing room (for which he sent me a card) but that we would not talk business as the time would be short. I said unless all human calculation failed I hoped to justify the best he ever thought of me and in the brief interview would not expect him to talk of affairs which I knew were unpleasant to him. Then I went back to the club where I met Eastman and asked him to join me in the box. We had a talk and saw Stedman also. I have asked Mary, Calvert & Marion to go. Downing could not (which Mary and I did not regret) and Bowyer declined.

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