|Dates of Creation||1865/02/13|
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Wm. S. Mount, N. A.
Our old friend Mr Martin E. Thompson has been with us since the night of the 21st. He informed me that he was a fellow of your academy and I read to him your letter to me of 6th June 1863, which he took over to the Capitol to-day [ ] exhibited to Senator Morgan, he [ ] showed it to. Clarke Mills, the [ ]tor. - The Senate had up the [ ]sition for Powell to paint Per[ ] Victory $2,000 advanced, whole not to exceed 25000; it was [voted] down, though it had passed the House. The Senate will soon be [in] better humor for such things.
From Historical Collections of State of Pennsylvania' by Sher[ ] Day (an octavo of 708 pages published in Philadelphia, no date entered for copyright in l84[ ]. ][ ] that Mr. Gist was an ed[ ] man, kept a journal &c. and [ ] may be a portrait of him [ ]. My choice of subject was to [ ] the proposition definite, and be[ ] I wished to see in the perso[ ] Gist a contrast to the `Power of Music. If any other subject [ ] you better, it might meet the of Congress though it most necessarily, I suppose, relate to the of our country. There is no [painting ] or sculpture that I know [which] represents Washington in his [ ] Mr. Mills now has in his studio a [ ] oudin'e cast or the original [ ] from it, which was brought forom Mt. Vernon.
Mr.Thompson thinksd you should  here next fall when Congress is in session and in the mean time [ ] the spot which is still pointed [ ] and sketch the outline.
With great Respect,
Your friend and Obedient Servant,
JOHN M. GARDNER.
Washington, D. C.
13th February, 1865.