|Dates of Creation||1852/09/01|
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New York. Sept 1852
I have just returned from Washington where I had the pleasure of greeting our excellent friend Charles Lanman Esqr. who wishes to be remembered to you. Our friend is very busy with the fishery question now pending between the Anglo-Saxons: however we live in a happy age in which the pen has taken the place of the sword, and future generations may even look on the gunpowder as an odditie of the middle ages.Imust not philosophyse too much, wishing to talk with you in regard to some business matters. You know how anxious I am to publish some of your work as soon as possible and I should be pleased to know if I could obtain the following pictures:
"Raffling for a goose" (now in Troy I believe)
"Negro asleep"-"Hay Making"
"Bargaining for a horse"
I do not wish to obtain the copyrights gratis, but I intend allowing you an interest on the sale of each copy. As long as I was Agent for Mr. Goupil & Co,Iwas obliged to act in accordance to their instruction, but nowIcan he liberal on my own account and nobody can find fault with it.Iwould also give you an order for some large heads, same size about of "Just in Tune," "Right and
left" and "Raffling"; the subjects to be something like the above and representing:
"Negro playing the Banjo and singing"
"Negro playing with bones"
How soon canIhave one or both of these pictures? As it is my wish, that you shall derive an interest from the sale of all Engravings I may publish after your works, I should be pleased to see you previous to my departure. Please consider this letter strictly confidential.
Remember me to the members of your kind family and believe me my dear sir,
Your true friend,
Mrs. S. sends her kind regards to you.