|Collection||NY Historical Society|
|Dates of Creation||1852/09/23|
|Scope & Content||
Stony Brook, Sept 23d, 1852
My dear Sir,
As you expressed a desire to make another hollow back violin, I thought I would send you a pattern of the body of my first violin. She is an inch and a quater in depth and only loses a sixteenth of an inch at the turn of the corners. The back and sound board should be parallel to each other, as possible. We must study to produce power in all the strings. You have done well, with your first. I hope the second will be better. If you should take a fancy some future day to make me one (of these American fiddles), please not to varnish it. I think these instruments should be kept back from the public until two or three perfect ones are produced. I mean in style of finish and tone.
Wm. S. Mount
P.S. Thin the sound board on the underside.