|Collection||Kate Strong Historical Library|
|Dates of Creation||1862/02/17|
|Scope & Content||
To Mr. W. S. Mount Sir
I open a few lines to you to renew an acquaintance that was made over a year ago. Perhaps it would not have been improper to have dropped you a word or so before but the time seems to have been occupied with something else & so it passed on, out of sight, out of mind. I learn that you have left Stony Brook wether permanently or not I cant say & built you a house that moves on wheels at Port Jefferson, which building I should very much like to see, & spend a few days with you but at present am, unable to conform to my wishes, however as your house is movable perhaps your course though erratic may be westward & I shall may have my desire gratified. Having nothing to do this winter I have been painting some for amusement but my success has been very imperfect & some times feel as if I would abandon it altogether, courage will surmount many obstacles I know - in painting a head from nature I would like to ask how you commence, every painter that I know appears to have a method of his own.
In copying from nature my shadow tints according to my guide don't seem to my eye to be correct. What method do you adopt.
I heard of the sickness of your niece & death & her father must miss her very much, though bright his prospect how soon gone, such is life it is a vapor that appeareth for a
Little while & then vanisheth away forever. You stated in your note to my sister that you had not given up the idea of coming to see me. An idea that ought not to be so remote but put in practice, now, this coming Spring. I should be pleased to see you some time when on your way to the city, write a line & I will meet you at the branch. My farming operations have for the last year -rather unsuccessful but I must apply myself again as the time comes around.
The Union of these United States is not likely to be dissolved after all & King cotton cannot ascend a republican throne, but the Union of W. S. Mount with one of the fair sex is a thing that will probably never take place on this globe "thats so"
Yours Very Respectfully