Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday January 1, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 1, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Jan 1, 1889 I went to the inauguration of the "Players" last night. I have been made a member and I am to present the club with the Boughton picture which as I understand it, Booth has given me permission to do. We were invited at 11 oclock and only members were to be there. I have pasted in the account of the opening from the Tribune. The house is charming and the occasion was a most interesting one. I never saw Booth appear to greater advantage than in the act of bestowing this princely gift. I remained until 2 o'clock and then came away reluctantly. I spoke to Chas Fisher and to an old actor by the name of Connor who looked remarkably like Henry Clay. There were many people there I knew--Stedman, Alden Weir, Aldrich, Wm Winter, Whitelaw Reid, Brayton Ives, Mitchell and many others. Among the actors and managers Augustus Daly, Palmer, Gilbert, Lewis, Salvini Jr. and many I did not recognize. It was a most interesting occasion and I am glad Booth was so kind as to arrange it for me to be there. Today I have been at work in my room painting on the pictures for Darleys and for Hubbards sales. I wrote to Mary last evening and this morning I had a letter from Sedgwick. I have also written to Church. It has been a bright, sunny day.

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