Jervis McEntee Diaries: February 16, 1877

[clipped poem attached, "Now are the moments brief and rare..."] Did not feel very well today. Booth came in on his way up town from attending to some business and sat an hour with me. First he looked at all the little pictures, then I showed him my Academy picture and after that we talked. He told me a great deal about his family and what a trial his brother Joe is to him from his careless slovenly habits and his lack of ambition. He would like to have a place in the country and have all his people around or near him, if as he said they were like other people. I told him every one had trials of this nature. Booth is naturally very affectionate and domestic in his feelings and this side of his nature is always a pleasant one to me.

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