Jervis McEntee Diaries: January 29, 1884

Tuesday, Jan 29, 1884 Grey weather and thawing a little. Worked very hard all forenoon finishing my frames and putting the studies in them. Genl. Pitcher and his wife called in the midst of it all but I was very glad to meet them and surprised to find them much younger people than I supposed. Whittredge came in again towards evening to see my picture but it was too dark. He seemed discontented and complaining. Went to the Century. The trustees met to begin the investigation of the Newton case. We had a stenographer and Nash is to conduct the examination on our side. Mr. Tracy appeared for Newton with Wm. Vanderpool as counsel and a stenographer. Mr. Tracy was in his usual hostile mood, called the steward Hearn a liar and a thief which brought out a rebuke from Marbury. He read a letter from Newtons physician to the effect that he was ill and could not come out for ten days. Mr. Tracy would not ask for an adjournment but assumed that we were going to oppose it and was most offensive, in marked contrast to Nash's cool and sensible bearing. The opposing counsel was requested to retire and we decided upon our adjournment for two weeks. Hearn was on hand ready to testify. Met Moscheles for a few minutes. This would have been my dear Gertrudes fiftieth birth day. Strangely enough in my abiding occupations I came near forgetting it. But she can never grow old to me. I can only think of her untouched by the years which bring me nearer to her. Today I put the frame on her portrait which Wood painted.

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