|Dates of Creation||1864/04/10|
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Setauket, L. Island
April 10, 1864.
Mrs. Marie Louise Hood,
My dear friend. - As you must naturally expect I was greatly surprised to hear of your dear husbands death. He was a warm friend, kind hearted to those he fancied. Mr. Hood was a gentleman, it was natural to him. You are right in saying, `our loss is his gain'-He is now in the spirit world where he can carry out his plans of a country life to perfection-May peace & happiness remain with him.
-"Your letter was received just in time for me to make out `my list. I wrote to the secretary to see that Mr. Hood's portrait was placed on exhibition. The box should perhaps have `been sent direct' to the Academy.
-I could not obtain all the works I desired to exhibit-Give my regards to all your family & particularly to Andrew-hoping he still cultivates music, & also, more important studies `The road to excellence is only opened by labor, toil, and endurance, the Crowning attributes of genius."
-The copy of your husband's portrait for his son Mr. Fred Hood, I will endeavor to attend to as soon as my present work will allow.
I remain as ever
Your sincere friend,
WM. S. MOUNT.