|Dates of Creation||1841/02/20|
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Stony Brook, Feb 20th, 1841
My Dear Sir,
I received your interesting letter at the Post office on the evening of the Eclipse of the Moon. I think it a favourable omen that you are destined to make a great noise in this world, and cause great rejoicing among the angels in the next. I am pleased to hear from you. If I could only appear in your eyes as well as you appeared in your letter I should indeed have a right to feel proud.
The Norwich Courier has made its appearance containing "A Nameless Essay by Ch. Lanman." Commencing, "How impressive is the eloquence of silence." Sweet piece of writing, full of original ideas, dont forget how you done it. You have genius-your writings plainly exhibit it. You think for yourself and you know how to look at nature. Stick to nature my friend Lanman and she will never forsake you.
I am pleased you think so much of my Brother and Sister. I can assure you, they esteem your acquaintance very highly. I am glad you like young Burnham and that his talents please you. Encourage him to hold on to nature. I have received a second number of the Knickerbocker. I dont know when you will get your pay. I presume this letter will find you painting a landscape surrounded by your friends and one or two lovely girls leaning on the back of your chair. Imagine me in the background looking on. I am not able at present to accept of your very kind invitation to spend a month with you, although a great inducement. I should be most happy to see you at Stony Brook say about the last of March or the first of April. Then I shall perhaps have a picture to show you.
As you desire, I will tell you a few particulars. I never paint on a picture unless I feel in the right spirit. When I go into a painter's studio I never turn his canvasses round, without a permit from the Artist. I always pay my debts and now and then play a tune on the violin. I am not fond like some artists of telling about difficulties. I try to be happy and wish to see others so. Lastly I think more of health than fame. I am pleased you enjoy yourself sleighriding and so on. I should like to take a ride with you, "glorious employment which I delight in."
I expect to see, one or two of your Landscapes in the next exhibition. Dash away.
Yours very truly _
Wm. S. Mount