|Collection||Kate Strong Historical Library|
|Dates of Creation||1842/06/24|
|Scope & Content||
Norwich, June 24th, 1842
Your letter of the 13th inst was duly received, and I need not add, afforded me much pleasure. Many a time and oft, since you left us, has your name been spoken, by those who remember you with feelings very nearly allied to afectionate friendship. The fact is, you have made yourself beloved by every single member of our family, and more particularly by that portion of us who are capable of appreciating true genius and a noble heart. Maria sends you many thanks for that fine piece of music; Mother wishes you would come and spend the summer with us, delighting us with the melodious tones of your violin, and your free bold off-hand way of talking, and Father acknowledges that you have caused him to respect and honour a great Painter, as he would a statesman, a poet or a great historian. Most sincerely do I thank you for your kind invitation to go and make you
a visit. But I cannot now accept for various reasons. The principal one is that Addy and her sister and mother are coming here next week to spend a fortnight or so, and I must be on hand to attend to them, and more particularly-to her. I should be delighted to go to Stony Brook again, and will go, I hope, some of these odd days.
Since you were here, I have finished two paintings, and commenced two others, but, they are mere daubs of paint, and I am about half inclined to offer them up as a sacrifice to the genius of my Folly. I cant draw, I cant color, I cant compose, I cant do anything as it ought to be done, and I rather think I will not try again. But still, if I were to bone down to hard study and laborious investigation, I know that I could in time, produce something that would make people stare. But this it is impossible for me to do. "I'd rather be a dog and bay the moon, than such a Roman."
Dont you think that fellow rather green who is criticising the present exhibition of the NA in the
Express! I ought not to complain however, for he calls my picture -A Gem. Whew!! The fact is. Mount, we in this country are very much in need of one or two good writers, who can and would instruct the public on the subject of the fine arts. I confess to you that to become such an one is my ambition, but not my chief ambition, remember. If' I could but make a trip to Europe, I would then try my brains and hand, to see what I could do.
Let me hear from you often. All wish to be kindly remembered to you. Present my best respects to your sister, your Brother S. and his wife and
Remember me as ever, Your friend,
Why dont Shepard favor me with one of those good letters, which he knows so well to write?
P.S. I intended to have inserted one single good idea in this letter, but have omitted it for want of room. Dont take it out, but send it to the dead letter house.