|Dates of Creation||1848/07/02|
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Sag Harbor July 2d 1848
I received your letter of June 25th was happy to hear from you - and "all the rest on em" at Stony Brook - I am rejoised to hear Thomas continues to enjoy good health and shows so much promise of triumph in his studies. He certainly enters upon life with a bright pathway before him. May it never be cloudedSo you are safe at Stony Brook ha! got down the river a whole Sturgeon in spite of the water Nymphs along the shores of the romantic and sparkling Hudson - A good picture looks well in almost any light. A gilt frame will not help a poor one. Do you remember what Grandmother used to say raising her spectacles gently, and thoughtfully from her nose. "Keep clear of the Rulands"
I have put off writing you not knowing how longI should remain here_ and thought of going to New York by way of Stony Brook.
I had commenced painting Father and Mother Elliott a day or so before reciving your letter. It seems we thought alike on the subject. It is a fitting time, I am succeeding well so far should I remain after they are completed will trouble you for such things as I may then want should I paint no more here shall not need them. Sheppy is decidedly better is rid of his cold Joshua is getting fat and Ruth is also tolerably well. We had a fine sail down the bay a few days ago on a fishing excursion- fine sport- Any quantaty of blue fish and fine -fine sail boats in any quantity
Walter, Sheppy and Myself have made two famous hauls of porgies they grow large down here and bite savage.
Tell Holmes to ponder no longer - but get married to some substantial Long Island girl and leave the Squaws out west to take care of themselves-"
Lo the poor Indian whose unsettled mind sees squaws in clouds and babies in the wind
Remember me to all enquiring friends and let me hear from you before long
P.S. I have not yet seen the post only two are taken here at present and by persons living out of Sag Harbor I have the promise of a look at the number you speak of- Since the post has come out against Cass - the most of its subscribers have stop'd the paper - As long as Martin Vanburen wanted Southern votes for his own advancement_ he could no harm in Slavery - Now he seeks to array one portion of the Union against the other
|Credit line||Bequest of Ward Melville, 1977.|