Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday February 11, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, February 11, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Feb 11, 1890 This morning I walked over to breakfast--latterly I have ridden a part of the time. As I reached 14th St. J. T. swept by me in a grey cape coat. He had been walking behind me and evidently passed me intentionally thinking it very probable I would turn up that street. He looked straight ahead but I involuntarily looked up and saw him plainly. He looked as if he might last a long time. I wonder if I looked satisfactorily shaky. I was walking deliberately but walked this morning because I felt as though it would be agreeable. But how strange that we should by accident be impelled toward each other, certainly not by the attraction of mutual regard. I began to feel it was about time for him to be about again. I wonder if any one is glad to see him, even his own daughter. When I came to my room I found a box containing a very nice edition of Emersons works in eleven volumes, a present from Robert Wilkinson. Nothing could have been more [?] nor more unexpected. Have commenced a picture 24x36 a late autumn, the edge of a wood which I hope to make interesting. I wrote to Wilkinson and to Sara. In the evening called at Hiram Romeyns. Saw him and Charlie. They were going out to a reception but Mrs. Romeyn urged me to stay with her which I did until ten o'clock and had a very pleasant visit. Found on my return a letter from Girard enclosing his note for $1300 due today for me to endorse, a renewal of the $1400 note. It struck me as very careless for him to leave it until the last moment particularly as I was home all day Monday.

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