|Collection||Kate Strong Historical Library|
|Dates of Creation||1850/07/16|
|Scope & Content||
New York, July 16, 1850
W. S. Mount Esq.
My dear Sir,
I hope this letter will find you in excellent health and entirely restored from that sad accident. Your portrait has just been returned by the Academy, also a sketch by Boutelles. I have both in my office and am not in a hurry to give them away. If in my last note, I did not mention anything about the great picture you intend painting for my house, it was simply because I wanted you to take care of yourself. However much I admire your paintings, I rather prefer your health, and you ought by no means think about anything else, than to recover the most precious gift we possess in this world. Presuming you are rusticating and strolling over dales and hills while I poor fellow sit like a second Jeremias on the ruins of my stock of prints! Of course I have not time to weep, and evenings only, I wander in the Elysian Fields among all kinds of loafers. So you see that even your humble and obedient servant walks through the sacred grounds of posterity-at Hoboken. The weather is delightfully hot and if it continues at the same rate, you may probably find myself on your next visit to the Imperial City, roasted in the most delicious style and ready to be eaten. Please give my complements respectueuses to all my friends in, near and round Stony Brook. Will you not drop me a line?
Yours very sincerely,