|Dates of Creation||1853/10/04|
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Stony Brook, Oct 4th, 1853
Wm H. Ludlow Esqr
My Dear Sir,
Your kind letter, and a newspaper I have digested. As I am no politician but an Artist-Suffer me, in return as a friend, to say to a good man-a few words, which I hope you will receive in good humor-Do not allow yourself to be baited into a net artfully managed by the VAN BURENS. You are a young man and if you will have patience to stand aloof from office a year or two. Or will at once good-naturedly into the Hunker ranks, it will be well for the future. I was speaking to a soft shell about you the other day how well you had acquited yourself at Albany-he said `yes'---& mentioned; that he had received a note from you and read it to true but made this observation - `Mr. Ludlow had better not be in a hurry-This was before the convention met at Syracuse-'The sober second thought of sound adamantines are at work-The history of the Van Burens will be written, as a warning
to all honest democrats-on slippery rocks I see them stand.
If you wish to be Governor of this State-take heed.-As you requested, I have not shown your letter to any one. Give my best regards to your family-
WM. S. MOUNT.
P. S.-Capt. Bullus is here, and, understanding that I am writing to you he desires mc to express his appreciation of your politeness to him last winter in Albany-Although you were kind enough to address a letter to the authorities at Washington in his behalf which they did not have the good taste to regard-yet he feels just as much obliged to you as if they had.
"You must call and see us."