Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday January 14, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 14, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Jan 14, 1890 I went up to Palmers Theatre and got four seats in the first balcony in front for Friday night for Mary, Calvert, Sedgwick and me to see Mansfield in Richard 3rd. Then down to Wells Fargo's express to see about sending my box to Miss Robertson. Then up 6th Av to get some brushes and oil cups for it. It is colder this morning but bright and sunny and will I presume be warm by night. I have done no work today not feeling like painting but instead wrote to Mr. Robertson directing it in care of Mr. Philips 6 Professa Mexico. Just after I had finished this letter Mary Gifford and Mrs. Van Ingen called. Mary is down only for a day or two. She told me the Churchs were to start for Mexico today, Church, Mrs Church, his daughter and his son Louis and some lady friend. They go to Albany and I presume to Chicago and take the Montezuma special at New-Orleans. I was very glad to see Mary and Mrs Van Ingen and had a most pleasant visit from them. After they left I went up to Dr. Patchins. Bowyer and Agnes dined with us this evening. Calvert and I looked over the statement I sent him of my transactions with the Estate and seemed to think I ought to give some acknowledgement of the money I had used. I told him the statement itself is an acknowledgment and that so long as the Estate is so largely indebted to me there was no occasion for any endorsement or voucher; but it makes me feel a little troubled. Strictly speaking I have no legal right to use one cent for my self but as I told him that as I had been keeping it up for the past ten or twelve years at great sacrifice to myself and during that time had had from five to ten thousand dollars invested in it for which I had received not one cent of interest, now that there was a surplus over its immediate needs I meant, as I had no income to use money not needed as I certainly should be called upon to make up any deficiency. I really have no income now. No one buys my pictures and I am afraid I will use up my money which the estate owes me. I feel a little despondent tonight for the first time in a good while. Have come to my room early and shall go to bed early as I slept poorly the first part of last night.

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