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Catalog Number KSa020692
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1854/03/11
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W. Schaus

March 11. 1854
My dear Sir,
I have received Your esteemed favor of the 8th and I am much pleased with the good news if conveys To day I have to tell you a rather strange Proceeding which will perhaps not surprise You. I was informed Yesterday that Goupil. & Co have applied to the American Art Union with a view of Purchasing the plate `Bargaining for a horse' and with the intention of making a large Print from it evidently with a view to injure my Publication of `Coming to the Point.' Of course I know You will never give Your consent in such a matter, but Goupil no doubt supposes that if they buy the little plate, they can copy it in any shape. I know that You never granted such a right to the Art Union to dispose of the copyright without Your consent, besides in the present circumstances You will surely regard my interest, as a similar subject would materially change my prospects on the coming publication. If Goupil wants so much one of Your pictures, why does he not go straight to work? However, I think it well for You, to address a few lines to Mr. Warner of the Art Union on the subject, saying that You have been apprised that application has been made to the Art Union for the plate `Bargaining for a Horse' .and that no doubt it is the intention to enlarge the same, and that having painted a variation of the same subject quite recently, of which I had purchased the copyright, it would be extremely painful to You under these circumstances to have anyone else publishing the `Bargaining for a Horse.' You can say also that in granting the permission to the Art Union of issuing an Engraving, You did not by any means intend to convey the exclusive copyright of the Picture. Say

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also that you hope that the Art Union will take into consideration Your interest as the Artist of such a work. Of course You can arrange this letter so much better and I will want [?) 1You to send to me the letter for Mr. Warner without delay. Do tell me, has Goupil written to You about it? I am sorry to see the way my old house tries everything to do me injury and I am sure You will do what is right in the matter. You know my intentions toward You and I only regret my inability to do much more.
"I am sorry to hear of Your indisposition and hope You are well again now. Will You not come soon to New York? If so you must come to see me and Mrs. S. often. I have told all my friends of the great picture and feel confident of a tremendous success!
"Yours very truly
"W. S. Mount, Esqre.
"Stony Brook
Mr. Warner's adress
Andrew Warner Esqrc.
Corresponding Secretary
of the American Art Union
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