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Catalog Number KSa032127
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1839/01/30
Scope & Content Stony Brook, Jan 30th, 1839
Brother Nelson,
I was at one of Mr. Parker's Assemblys at Tammany Hall last week about two hours, and danced a few times. I saw no new figures except a Reel called the Rustic Reel, and as it is a fashionable dance in N.Y. I will endeavour to describe it. The Gentlemen has two partners and they stand on the floor the same as in the Scotch Reel. When the music commences the two Gentlemen takes the corner Lady's opposite to their right hand partners and promenade out into the room at right angles from the sett and back again to places. The two Gentlemen then promenade with the Ladies opposite to their left hand partners, to the left and back again to places. The six then forward and back and pass on by one another as in the Scotch Reel, and commence promenadeing and so on. It is quite simple. The whole school can dance in this Reel at the same time, as in the Scotch Reel. Two Ladies and two Gentlemen promenade at the same time. Two Ladies of course keep their places until their turns come. Try it if you have a wide room.
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Mr. Raynor it appears did not stay at the South long. He has a school at Setauket once a fortnight, also schools at Port Jefferson and Middle island. Mr. Smith is in Augusta-he bought out the master he found there. Mr. Mathewson has set up for himself, has a promising school, fifty to 60 scholars at 10 dollars a head. So he writes to Richard Udall. I have not heard the name of the place where Mathewson has set up. It is not in Agusta. Mr. Raynor says if you had gone to Agusta you would have made money. I hope you have done well notwithstanding. You must write and let me how all you Dancing Masters get on at the South. Mother says she wants to hear from you. Your wife feels quite anxious about you, she has not heard from you in some time. The subscription for the Mirror was paid up to 1838. I only paid for one year up to July 1839, consequently I have five dollars in my pocket for you whenever you feel disposed to call for it.
Quite a number of Marriages have taken place on this part of' the Island.
I have painted a good portrait of the Mayor, Gen. Johnson, for the Common Council of Brooklyn. Price $250, with frame. I painted two other portraits at the same time at his house. I shall spend two or three months at his place. This letter I have written by candle light and in haste. A scrawl complete.
Yours Aflectionately,
Wm. S. Mount
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P.S. Brother Charles is going to build a piano forte factory near where his house stands. To commence building it in a few days, he will put out his farm
Notes Property of WSM includes handwritten music - Rustic Property of WSM Property of WSM Reel
Credit line Museum Collection.