|Dates of Creation||1843/10/01|
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Catskill, Greene Co., Oct. 1st, 1943
To begin, this is a rainy day and consequently I am seated by a good fire at the principal Hotel kept by Cooke and Vanburgen where I board.
The conversation for an hour past has been on the subject of brandy and salt as a medicine. One of our boarders, Samuel Stackweather Esqr. distinguished lawyer, says he has cured himself in forty eight hours of bilious fever, he also has cured himself and others of dysentery, has cured children of the above complaint by given them brandy and salt every two hours through the day, even after they had been given up by Doctors, has cured himself of dyspepsia, and others of the same complaint, he says it will cure the fever and ague.
He says your case of the Cancer should be published to the world. You must get Loyed to make a report. You must urge your father in Law if he is alive to use it. I hope to hear he is quite well. 1 stopt at different places on the North River at Newburg about a week. I find the scenery about catskill the most interesting as yet. I am painting every good day. Mr. Cole has been out with me several times. I paint on oild paper at present. I want all the practice and knowledge I can get before I touch my pannels. I shall stop here about two weeks. Then I shall go to Madison about three miles
from here, or to Saugerties about 12 miles south of here. I intended to have gone to Saugerties direct, but as it cost no more, I could not [illegible] visiting Catskill. I met Mr. Cole in the street on the afternoon of my arrival, he would have me take tea with him. Urged me to stop in Catskill. I am pleased with his society. He has five pictures now exhibiting in Boston. He has two very fine Landscapes in progress, one is a view from Catskill, the other is an immaginary Landscape. This place is quite dull[?] although it contains 3000 inhabitants, there has not been a dancing school here in three or four years. I visited the Mountain House, elevated about 3000 feet above the hudson River. The day was very clear, the view was grand. I saw the same day, Sept 14th, by riding about two miles, the Cauterskill falls. The grandest sight I ever beheld. I stayed all night on the mountain and saw the sunrise. My violin has been the source of a great deal of amusement. It has enabled me to see a great deal of character. I have played two evenings at Mr. Cole's, he is fond of Music and plays the flute. I dont let music interfere with my painting. I shall give my whole attention to painting, practice is very important to me just now. I have lost a great deal from the want of it. I shall endeavour to spend the winter in N.Y. City. Let me know what is going on in Old Suffolks, and at home. If sister has returned, she should spend the winter in N.Y. Give my love to all.
Yours etc. Wm. S. Mount
R.N. Mount Esqr.
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