|Collection||NY Historical Society|
|Dates of Creation||1854/04/26|
|Scope & Content||
April 26th 1864
Wm. Schaus Esqr.
Dear Sir, Your favor of 24 inst. Informs me that the picture will be sent off at once. Good. I have received a few art notices, some are expressed in a kind manner, and some are abusive.
The two hundred dollar copy right, which you gave me could not be forgiven; that raised the steel pen against me, as you had predicted. But I have not forgotten that number of artists, while standing before the "Coming to the point," remarked that it would make a fine engraving and that is what you desire-that is what you bargained for.
The late Thomas Cole remarked. "Fulsome praise, stupid presumption, and interested detraction make up the amount of newspaper criticism on the fine arts."
You are right "not to take any notice of such petty feelings." I can truly say that I never raised a pen to injure a brother artist that I can remember.
There is given every opportunity for painters to love one another. Five thousand artists could not paint up all the character and scenery to be found in this state alone.
The very thought of such a boundless nature should make them lift up their hands with thankfulness.
I am looking forward to the time when I hope to see an exquisite engraving from the Bargaining. Give my best
regards to Mrs. Schaus and to La Petit Miss Schaus.
Wm. S. Mount.
P.S. I am working for you.