Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday January 12, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 12, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Jan 12, 1889 Painted all day. I invited Mr. Banning to go the Century this evening. During the day Mrs. Banning sent me a note to ask me to dinner with Miss Boardman and Mr. and Mrs. Harris. Meanwhile Mr. Banning called to tell me as he had a dinner party he would not be able to go to the Century. I told him I was to be one of the guests and he could come in as late as he chose. Miss [?] and two other ladies called. I stopped at Marys on my way over to tell her I was to dine at the Bannings. We had a most elegant dinner elegantly served. Miss Boardman surprised and amused me with her (apparently) pronounced imitation of the pronunciation and manner of the worst kind of English man, "don cherno." I left quietly when the ladies passed out and went around to the annual meeting of the club. There was a great crowd as there is opposition to the Secretary, Howland the Treasurer Robb on account of differences with the house committee but the regular ticket was elected by a large majority. A few days ago I signed a circular presented to me by Collins urging the reelection of these two men, Robb and Howland along with 25 others. Last night each of us who signed that paper found a letter addressed to him by Nicholas Fish criticising our action. I saw Eastman Johnson who has just returned from California and Oregon. Maynard had a charming water color called "Syrens."

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