|Dates of Creation||1867/03/11|
|Scope & Content||
East Setauket, L.I.
March 11th 1867
Wm. H. Ludlow Esqr.
My dear sir, I did not go to the city last December as I expected, but visited the city for a few days in Feb. left on Saturday 23rd - heard you were on the cars after I got in the sleigh for Setauket.
I desire to know if you will loan me one of the portraits to the Academy this spring.
One of the two mothers; or your own, or your wife's portrait. Also the cabinet portrait of your brother John, if it is framed. "Works will be received at the Academy from March 25th [ ] Saturday, March 30th inclusive, after which time no work will be admitted.
I called to see your brother Edward on the 22nd inst. But he had just stepped out. He has a very pleasant wife, she would have me step in and see her father. A very interesting locality for a boarding house. I did not inquire about the cabinet portrait - did not see it.-
Please let me know where Edward Thomas Smith is staying. What hotel in the city. I fancy u\you know most everything - Also inform me if you can send the portrait as I must make out my list to send in to the secretary. I thank you for the loan of your sons portrait last year. Mr. Thomas
McElrath thought it a better portrait than one of Elliotts hanging near it. I have been informed that Elliott is painting a whole lengthy portrait of President Johnson & Stanton, price $5000 a piece - the painter should introduce the veto message.
Wm. S. Mount