|Collection||Kate Strong Historical Library|
|Dates of Creation||1847/04/10|
|Scope & Content||
New York, April 10th, 1847
My dear Mount,
Enclosed, I send you some picture notices, one of which is particularly intended for your brother Shepard, to whom and to all your Stony Brook friends please present my kindest regards. There has been a tremendous excitement in town to day, on account of General Scott's capture of Vera Cruz. The old fellow has indeed proven himself to be a most splendid soldier. I am still devoting an occasional leisure hour to the pencil. It is devilish hard to paint even a poor picture, but what must be the labor of producing a great one! I have only been to the academy a single time since I saw you; and was then introduced to Ranney, whom I admire as a man and an artist. In his manners he is something like you, decidedly original, wearing a sort of I-dont-care-what-people-think sort of a look. Page has returned to the city to reside. I am very glad that the Art-Union have given you an order for a $300 picture. Pardon my brevity. Write me soon noble fellow, and ever remember me as your sincere friend,
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P.S. I have obtained Peale's[?j notes on Study from McElrath. The book is interesting, but not what I thought it. He says nothing about American Painters going to Europe, but gives good opinions on pictures by the old masters.