Wednesday December 4, 1889
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, December 4, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Wednesday, Dec 4, 1889 It was bitterly cold this morning when I went over to breakfast and people were hurrying and rubbing their ears as in zero weather. Sedgwick, Downing & Marion were at breakfast, Mary and Calvert are visiting at Julias in Worcester where Calvert is in bed again with his 30th (or thereabouts) boil. After breakfast I went up to the Grand Central Station to give my trunk check to Jackson and I walked all the way back down 6th Avenue. I stopped in at Erichs new store and bought 2 pairs of sheets and a pair of pillow cases for my bed. It is a fine store and like all others thronged with Xmas buyers. I came to my studio and put up my curtains and got things in order as far as I could and while I waited for my trunk read President Harrisons first message. The Times with its usual bitterness thinks it weak, the Tribune thinks it strong in its simplicity. I thought it a very practical and sensible document devoid of flourishes and thoroughly temperate and manly in tone. My trunk came about 2 and now I am all in order and ready to go to work only I have no ideas to work upon. Downing and I went around to Tony Pastors Theatre and breathed villainous air and listened to vapid vulgarity for the most part for two and a half hours.
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