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Catalog Number KSa020653
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1837/10/17
Scope & Content Huntington, Oct. 17, 1837
W. S. Mount Esq.
Dear Sir! With this note I send a copy of the Long Islander in which will be found a small and imperfect sketch by the way of a Notice of your new violin, which you had the goodness to show me at the late Fair at Smithtown. An Apology is certainly due to yourself, for thus delaying, but my excuse must lie in being necessarily absent from the office more than usual latterly, and having a crowd of items and business to attend to that would not brook delay. Could I have prepared the article whilst under the effect of or the influence of the music capable of being produced from the Instrument, I may be pardoned for flattering myself, better justice would have been done yourself and the effort to improve this Musical Instrument and the success attending your effort. There
is a notice going the rounds of the N.Y. City papers of a new violin we believe now exhibiting at the Fair in Castle Garden, but we have not seen the same. Perhaps if you have not visited the Exhibition, it would be worth your attention to take a peep. Should you have another one made after the other designs, be pleased to drop me a line, should it answer your expectation better than the one now in use. With regret at not having the pleasure of becoming acquainted with your brother the Artist, and thanks for the attention shown me. Believe me ever yours in fellowship,
Brad R. Platt
Credit line Bequest of Ward Melville, 1977.