|Dates of Creation||1836/02/29|
|Scope & Content||
Feby. 29 1836
My Dear Sir, I was much gratified by the receipt of your letter of the 13th Instant and I am happy to hear that you find "Burnett on painting" interesting to you, such feelings for the art as you possess is sure to lead to excellence. Your two pictures in my gallery gave great pleasure a few days ago to some friends that called to see me, one of which was Mr. Fay one of the Editors of the Mirror. The little change in the "Undutifull Boys" made it to me seem just right and there is just enough in it. One thing more or less could not be done to make it better. I am happy in having the aid of your Brother Henry in ornamenting the Gallery Doors but we have stopped production with them any further for the present, until Mr. Cole comes to the City.
The two small doors in the front Gallery have the figures painted in. One by Flagg and the other by Durand and the tiles are to be ornamented by your Brother. Durand has painted four panels on the large door. All these, by the way, are
sketches. I would prefer your seeing them to giving you a description. Cole has engaged to paint one of the large Doors and when he comes Durand will go on with the other. I am pleased with the effect. On the small doors in the back room I think some of having Statues painted, but that is not entirely concluded upon as yet. I shal1 not fail of procuring any books that may be useful in the art that fall in my way and shall be most happy in giving you and my other friends the use of them. I shall at all times be happy to hear from you and hope to have the pleasure of seeing you here before long. Wishing you health and happiness
I am yours most sincerely