Jervis McEntee Diaries: April 14, 1884

Monday, Apr 14, 1884 Came down by morning train. Eastman came for me and a little before 1 we went together to Delmonicis to attend Booths breakfast to Irving. It was a most successful and delightful affair. Irving sat at Booths right and it was surprising to observe what a likeness there was between them. I sat between John McCullough and Mr Joseph Hatton with whom I had an interesting talk. He is a literary man, a friend of Irving and a correspondent of the Times and he and Irving are writing a book on America. He told me of the accidental death of a brilliant and most promising son. McCullough seemed much broken and Lawrence Hutton told me he thought he had incipient softening of the brain. He seemed sad to me. On this card are the Autographs of all present. We sat at table until near 5 oclock, when Eastman and I after coming to my room went and called on Professor Weir who is now 81 years old and who paints every day. He said he had not been out of the house since last October but he seemed and looked well. He had a picture nearly finished of Columbus before the Council of Salamanca which was not bad for a man of his years.

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