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Catalog Number KSc032382
Collection Unknown
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1836/02/28
Scope & Content Sag Harbor, Sunday Feb'y 28th, 1836

Brother William: I have received your interesting letter: not however until the day after its arrival, owing to the negligence of the penny-post, which prevented my replying to it by Saturday's mail- I am glad your health is improving, thereby enabling you to mingle in the gayety and merriment of the season - You act wisely in devoting so much of your time in the study of perspective - To one in your line of painting such knowledge is indispensable -
I thank you for the quotation from the Old Masters; such hints cant be too often impress'd upon the mind - I find them confirmed in my practice; Daily - This has been a cold and unrelenting winter sure enough - I have not done much, haveing painted only 4 portraits since the fore-part of December; but I concluded as I was in good Harbor to stick to it altho under heavy expenses over 4 Dollars a weekI have been hobbling about for several days past, unable to walk owing to an inflimation on the foot and leg which origenated from a bile, am getting about again - I shall be ready to return home in a week hence, unless I should consent to paint a full-length of a boy and Dog - boy only 3 years dont like it - Should like to be at Stony Brook with you through the gloomy month of march if I can make it any way profitable in finsihing up the picture I left there -what do you think of it -
But you say you have become somewhat tired of remaining at Stony Brook - If so, and you want a change suppose you come down to Sag Harbor and spend a few days; leaving your things in such a situation that you can send for them in case you would like to remain `here and paint a picture -there are plenty of subjects here, and no doubt they would attend upon you - I should be extremely glad to see you - but as it would be attended with a great deal of expens - I should advise you (if you see a chance of painting to any advantage at home to remain there - You might not view Sag Harbor in a favorable a light as I do - still should you conclude to come I will make it as agreeable for you as possible - If you come; sooner the better - by Patchogue will be the cheapest and quickest way Fare p$ Stage comes down tuesdays Thursdays, and - Saturdays - If you dont come, drop me a line by the first Mail - I have painted a portrait of Myself Tis called good - I have received the letter you mentioned - From Cousin Ruth - she says her health has been very poor through the winter - not having been able to leve the house since the last week in November - is new gaining her health fast however-Sends love to all- is going to write Aunt Mount a long letter soon - all the rest of the family and Friends are well - They have heard that I was to be Married in a short time - and at the close of Letty's portion of the letter (as she wrote part of it) is the following not of invitation from Uncle and Aunt Shepard -
Mr. and Mrs. John Shepard's Compliments to Mr. Shepart Mount and Lady, will be happy to see them on the evening of the 2d of March at 7 O'clock - As an inducement for your attendance you will witness the solemnization of the Marriage Covenant'
How this world is given to lying I wonder who circulated such as story as that about me, still I care nothing about it -In anticipation of the event, they doubtless wrote the note in such a manner for the purposes of teazing me; -
I; in my reply (to carry on the joke) have with much formality confirmed the thruth of it - and did not contradict it till the close of a long letter - But the question is;who of the Girls is to be Married - I don't know nor cant find out by the letter - we must hear soon - Give my love to Mother and Grandmother and all the rest -
I am glad Brother Henry has an oppertunity to show himself off to advantage in his Profession - Adieu I have written a long and poor letter as usual but I am tired
Shepd. A. Mount