|Collection||Historical Society Of Pennsylvania|
|Dates of Creation||1842/01/09|
|Scope & Content||
Stony Brook, January 9, 1842
On my return home after an absence of eight or ten days to the City, I find your letter, likewise the newspaper.
I am pleased to hear The Gift is so well received abroad. It must be highly gratifying to you. I feel myself flattered on being again applied to, to furnish something for the coming year, but it will not be possible for me to copy the picture "Undutiful Boys" at present, hence I hardly know what to say upon the subject. It is a favorite picture of mine and I should like to see an engraving of it from the original, but I can not say I like the plan of following a pencil sketch or any off hand sketch in oil colours however well done. In my opinion the engraver in all cases should draw from the original, for his own reputation, and not two or three removes from the picture. Would it be agreeable for Mr. Cheney to engrave from the picture in New York? I have an interesting picture owned by John Glover of Fairfield Con. I presume he will loan it to you. The subject is Courtship, always interesting. It represents a young lady winding, while her lover is
holding a skein of yarn. Size of the picture 15 in by 18 1/2 inches. It is just the thing you want and I should like Mr. Cheney to engrave it with his own hand.
Why not own my Fortune Teller, make me an offer in Money. It would open rich for The Gift-a good story can be writen for it. Mr. Davis 365 Broadway N.Y. keeps the picture for me, in his collection. Call and see it.
I am pleased you intend having The Gift the tallest Annual in this Country.
I thank you for the news paper.
I remain as ever
Your sincere friend
Wm S. Mount [Historical Society Of Pennsylvania]