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Your very interesting letter, I received in due course of mail, with much pleasure, the many testimonials of esteem and regard I receive from Stoney Brook increases that feeling of purest Friendship which Was excited in my bosom upon the first hour of my arrival there, and which will ever live to glow, with a purer and brighter flame.
In respect- to Mr. Lanman's visits to us I am gratified to hear he was so much pleased, he expressed the same to Shepard, I truly feel flattered in the smallest notice from a person.of so much goodness and talent as I conceive him to be, only to think brother William how young he is, and what does he not (as an author) bid, fair to be? why certainly one of the most powerful and touching writers of his day. The same number of Norwich Courier he has sent Shepard, and we have read the nameless essay, again & again with increasing interest, I have carefully treasured up our number for Mother to read when I came to Stoney Brook; but Mr. Lanman has forstalled me in that pleasure by sending one to you, he has also sent Shepard 2 numbers of "Southern Literary Messenger, one of the best and contains the most talent of any periodical I have ever seen. Shepard is very much engaged in painting has j just commenced a new portrait and getting along very, well, health tolerably, good. I am quite impatient to get back to S, B, and Shepard begins to calculate upon a flat fishing frolic
Yours with much esteem.
E. H. MOUNT."
(Written by Shepard Mount on the l back of the foregoing letter:)
I send your fiddle strings-got them at Hewets-hope they will answer-best he had-I expect you are getting along well with your picture -or pictures get them both done if you can-but be sure and have one done well any-how. If you get them here by the 10th of April-twill do-you know dont hurry-John L Morton-says a Gentleman wants you to paint him a picture-will give 170-dollars says the subject is a simple one-I dont know what it is however-Why don't he write to you? You can see him when you come in town - I shall be at Stony Brook with Elizabeth about the middle of March-
S A M "