Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday March 8, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 8, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Mar 8, 1890 Still cold, but not so cold as yesterday. Although I had not received any word from de Forest I called at his house at 9 o'clock in Beards behalf. He had meanwhile sent me a note having only just received mine. He said Mr. Johnston had personally taken hold of Beards case as a hopeless one; but he told me in view of Beard paying a years rent in advance he would see the agent and try to allow him to stay. I fancy if he pays he will not be turned out. I stopped at Beards room and told him the result of my interview. His wife was there but she went out. He is a child and easily and unreasonably hopeful. Has got Genl somebody to bring his fountain before Congress etc. etc. I told him to let the fountains go to the devil and stick to his bears and monkeys. I went home by the 11.30 train, a bright winter day, considerable snow but no sleighing. It was thawing. Sara and I went down to see John and John and Fred Norton and Annie there. We had rather an amusing interview with John on his defeat as mayor. He takes it philosophically but nevertheless is disappointed because he feels that his friends betrayed him. A certain faction of the Republicans evidently went against him. It was a splendid moonlight and so still it did not seem cold.

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