|Collection||Louise Ockers Collection|
|Dates of Creation||1840/03/08|
|Scope & Content||
Stony Brook, March 8th. 1840
R. N. Mount, Esq. [HAND WRITTEN SHEET MUSIC "Mount Sette by W.S. Mount, Gallopade Fron B, Mathewson & La Bayadere As played by N Mathewson"]
Henry's sett of cotillions-of course you "II arrange the numbers and strains to please yourself.
Brother says you must compose figures to his Sett. I think the 4 number [second of the four tunes in the set] would make a good song. A good air for a song. You must like the 3 and 4 numbers. play them if the cotillion players can catch them by ear, let them go. What do you think of them? The Gallopade you will like. La Bayadere is an old acquaintance of yours but I thought you would like it as arranged by Mathewson, so different from the way it is printed or commonly played. Only practice it particularly the last strain.
My violin is very pleasant to play on now, particularly the handel, it is narrower, the strings are nearer, the under part of the handle I did not have touched, the finger board I had reduced. Done in first rate style by C. S. Seabury. I had the alteration made some time since. I haul a tune now and then in the old fashioned way after I get through painting.
Your Wife has lately received a letter from you. All well. Mother has been quite sick, but is now very well. My knees are getting strong. I don't like waiting. I had rather paint or catch flat fish. It is sunday and I am in a great hurry, therefore you will excuse this scratch.
Yours affectionately Wm. S. Mount
[Sketch of Mount playing the violin in the "old fashioned way" for a child]
P.S. drop me a line. [Louise Ockers Collection]