|Collection||NY Historical Society|
|Dates of Creation||1847/02/08|
|Scope & Content||
Stony Brook, Feb. 8th, 1847
Your very kind letter of the 4th inst. is at hand. It is natural that you should desire to see your portrait to the best advantage. I sincerely feel the interest you take in it ("for my sake"). But what can I do, when the majority of the old masters, with the sanction of the moderns, say, never varnish under a year. Many a fine picture has been injured by being varnished too soon. I am just now very busy with a picture and it would be almost ruinous to leave it, now my mind is upon it. I feel that your bump of benevolence will give me towards the last of next month before I varnish your portrait. I will attend to it as soon as possible. I have an idea, that your fair visitors will not look very sharpe at the picture while the original is present. - Please give my best regards to Mr. and Mrs. Nicoll,
Wm. S. Mount.