Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday January 23, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 23, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Jan 23, 1890 Still cold and threatening snow, and all day it has snowed by spits. I went up to Mott Haven and called on Frederick Remington. He showed me his pictures and sketches which are always interesting to me. He was at work on an illustration of a horse down, and struggling with values. It was a cold day and snowing a little, a typical winter day and about the only one I have experienced so far, and I enjoyed being out in the open air. It was pleasant too to see a part of the city with which I am not familiar. Remington has a wife but no children. I did not see her but she requested him to ask me to stay to lunch, which I declined as I had not been expected. I took the Madison Av. car to 125th St on my return and walked over to the 6th Av Elevated road at 8th Av. It was just the weather I love, when I feel best and am happiest. I love the short, grey winter days, the frosty air and the invigorating out of door oxygen, and am always sensible of a little regret when the days begin to lengthen and the doubtful weather begins which is neither cold nor warm. I cut this notice of Paddocks death from the Tribune today. I used to meet him in society but for a number of years have not seen him. Wood came in to tell me that Robt. Wilkinson was nominated by the Century Admissions Committee last night, and I had a letter from Geo. Smillie to the same effect which I have replied to thanking him for his interest in my candidate.

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