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Catalog Number KSc032415
Collection Unknown
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Dates of Creation 1852/03/07
Scope & Content You can read this page to your shop friends if you think proper - by all means be friendly.


Stony Brook, March 7th, 1852
My dear Nephew,
I am pleased to hear that you have succeeded in making a hollow back fiddle from my invention, and that it has created quite an excitement amongst the workmen in your carriage manufactory. When your cabinet writing desk arrived here for your Brother Thomas it convinced those who saw it that you would finish the violin. Do not let the instrument take your attention from your business-at present-I have a Patent for the Hollow back violin. The model, and drawings, have been sent to the Patent Office at Washington some time since- Dodge & Upton, Wall St., N.Y. are the Lawyers who have done the business for me. If there should be any disposed to make a violin after my invention, without my consent, they will be looked after- I do not feel at all alarmed that any one will take the trouble to make one without permission. If any one, or two, of your shop mates or friends desires to make one for himself, he has my consent to do so-free. If he should make one tell him to flatten the back as it approaches the neck, in that case the sides will not be so high at the widest part of the small end.
That is the reason why my first hollow back violin or Cradle of Harmony plays so easy not being arched so much as the others. My first-7/8-one in the Patent Office (a beautiful violin), the arch one inch and an eight. The one that Hugh Brady made is the same-1 1/3 or 1-1/4 in, I forget which-I repeat, one inch is enough for the housing[?]. Should there be another one made in your establishment give the workman every information, and take notes of any slight variation that might be made. I drew a black line with indian-ink (around my second violin) about 1/4 of an inch from the edge- It improved the appearance-If yours is varnished your carriage painter can draw a black line with paint- I am getting better of a bad cough- Egbert Smith is quite low-Sick--- The hotels have been quite busy this winter with Parties, etc. All well-
Yours truly
(in haste)
Wm. S. Mount