Jervis McEntee Diaries: March 7, 1874

Saturday, March 7, 1874- It was raining this morning. We had our breakfast early and had Oscar to breakfast with us. I sent for a carriage and meanwhile Fred had come in and we drove up to Mr. Cranes where Mrs. Sawyer is staying. After bidding her good bye I left them to go with their mother up to the New Haven depot where they were to meet their Uncle Hiram with Uncle Kenneths remains. I had a very pleasant call from Governor Howard of Rhode Island, Mr. Chase and their wives. Bradford who deals in governors and crowned heads brought them in. They looked at all my pictures and seemed to enjoy their visit. One remark they made about my Solitaire please me as it has been said before by some of the Artists (Irving for one today) that it gave an idea of quiet elegance. It is something nowadays to escape the vulgar and the common. The governor said he should come to see me again and asked me if I would be at the club in the evening. I did meet him there again (this evening being the monthly meeting) and had a very pleasant talk with him. He lives at Newport and spoke of the pleasure he found in his winter walks there and gave me a cordial invitation to come there to see him when he would take great pleasure in going about with me as he knew familiarly all the places which would charm an artist. I took an instinctive liking to him and I fancy I interested him. I was also introduced to Hon. John Bigelow our former Minister to France who asked Whittredge to introduce him to me. I found him an easy man to talk with as he certainly is an interesting one. Mr. Collins introduced me to a young man named Holyoke who is desirous of visiting my studio. I had a very enjoyable evening such as one can find nowhere so well as at the Century. General Schenck our present Minister to England was there. I did not ask to be introduced to him as there was a throng about him and I don't want to be thrust at distinguished people unless I have an opportunity to talk with them. I went up to Wilmurts this morning and exchanged a part of my $1000 check for some smaller ones to pay off some bills in the country and went down to Stewarts and paid for our carpet.

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