Jervis McEntee Diaries: January 3, 1874

Saturday, January 3, 1874- Harte and I had a cozy morning over the fire talking on Art and poetry. I find him a most interesting man and remarkably quick to perceive anything fine and delicate and subtle in thought or expression. I have enjoyed his visit extremely. I should say he would be careless in money matters and not ready to avail himself of small material advantages as what artist or poet is. I think he would borrow your coat but not more readily than he would lend his shirt and I am quite sure I should like him whatever faults he might develop. He and Downing left by the noon train. I drove them down and I am sure we parted with a warm and genuine feeling of friendship for each other. I painted the remainder of the day and took a walk out back of OReillys towards evening in the thick fog. May Ellis came here today to make a visit. She arrived at Uncle Charles Thursday. Gertrude recieved another letter from Mrs. Church urging us to come and make them a visit.

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