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Catalog Number KSc032302
Collection NY Historical Society
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1850/01/08
Scope & Content Stony Brook, Jan 8th, 1850
My dear Lanman,
As you have acknowledged yourself a considerable of a sinner, and repented as a Gentleman ought, you are forgiven without the kicking. I am pleased to hear that you have "one of the sweetest and best wives," and among the "right kind of people." I hope your wife will sweeten your road through life. As husbands are not to be troubled with their dear better halves in heaven it becomes them to treat their dear Ladies well on terra firma. I sincerely wish you and Mrs. Chas. Lanman, every happiness that this good world can give. I am also delighted that you are situated to your liking under Government. It is impossible at this time for me to accept of your kind invitation to visit Washington. No-No-I am doomed awhile longer to my native isle. I know that under your guidance I should have a tall time.
As regards materials about myself, I have been asked by three or four different authors lately for information respecting myself. . I have not time to think on the subject at present, I am too busy. As you request I will mention with pleasure, two or three of my last pieces. "Turning the Leaf," "Farmer whetting
his scythe," "The Well by the wayside," and "Just in Tune." The last represents a character tuning his violin. The size of life, on Canvass 25 x 30. It is owned by George J. Price, N.Y. It is to be published by Goupil Vibert & Co and has gone to Paris to be engraved the size of the original by the celebrated Emile Laselle. Boys Trapping-painted for Chas. A. Davis of N.Y. in 1839-is now in Paris
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under the magic hand of Leon Noel, and then both of the above pictures, after serving the purposes of the engraver,- are to be exhibited in the ensuing collection of paintings at the Tuilleries.
I have painted at intervals about fifty pictures besides portraits. I have frequently been paid more for my pictures than the price asked. I have often spent days and weeks and months without painting. There is a time to think, and a time to labour.
I have never been abroad- The late Luman Reed of N.Y. desired me to visit Europe at his own expense. Jona. Sturges Esqr. N.Y. has made offers of friendship if I desired to visit Europe. Messrs. Goubil Virbert & Co. have very kindly offered to furnish the funds if I would spend one year in Paris, and paint them four pictures. I have a plenty to do, and I am contented to remain awhile longer in our own great country
I have always had a desire to do something before I went abroad. Originality is not confined to one place, or country, which makes it very comforting to us Yankees-thank God.
Have you seen the engraving from my picture by Leon Noel, companion to the "Power of Music," called "Music is contagious," it is a very lively print.
If you will let Wm. Schaus know your address perhaps he will send you one, or both of the above engravings. . Schaus was enquiring about you when I was in the City. Brother Shepard is in town. I shall write to him or see him in about 10 days time, and talk about Chas. Lanman.
Sister Ruth sends her best regards. You must come and see me next spring. Mrs. Seabury is blessed with a fine boy, about five weeks old.
Give my love all around the board Wm. S. Mount