|Collection||NY Historical Society|
|Dates of Creation||1855/07/02|
|Scope & Content||
Troy, 2 July. 1855
Your letter with its welcome intelligence of the speedy return of the much regretted picture came this morning, and I am pleased that you seem gratified with the print, although you do not say so. We have missed it very much at home, and as one gets older the causes for pleasure diminish so rapidly that one becomes jealously careful of that which adds at all to them. I am quite ready to welcome the picture's return.
As to the dedication, it has always seemed to me that mere ownership does not entitle or warrant one's name being at all connected with a picture, so that I leave it to yourself to decide, only begging that if anything is done, it may be the simplest possible statement that I am honored in its possession.
Those warm days! How I am able to sympathize with you.
Mr. Palmer is busy with his modeling tools and his "sketchbook" is rich in what will add to the stock of the world's beauty. You artists are of the twice blessed among men, in giving beautiful embodied thoughts to the weary workers of the world
and winning warm regard, deserved.
Shall I hope to see you at my home this summer.
A. R. Smith