|Collection||Kate Strong Historical Library|
|Dates of Creation||1850/04/25|
|Scope & Content||
Washington, April 25, 1850
My dear Mount,
I received with great pleasure your letter from Stony Brook. All that you say about Mr. Vanderlyn is true. He is indeed a man of superior ability, and as has been the case for several years past, I shall continue to help him, with my pen, whenever I can.
I thank you for those items about the Academy Exhibition. I shall not have an opportunity to feast upon it until about the middle of June, at which time I hope to be in New York with my wife, on my way to Lake George. And now in view of this plan, I want you to make me a promise, say that you will join me at the time specified, and help me to kill a few trout in Lake George and along the Upper Hudson.
I have heard a good deal about your picture in the Academy, and long to see it. That thing of mine was painted nearly a year ago, and I am doing better things nowadays. I paint about two hours every day, from 5 to 7 A.M. and from 3 o'clock until night, I generally take a ride or go fishing. Three miles and a half
from my residence on the Little Falls of the Potomac, and there I have splendid times catching white perch and rock fish or basse. I am going out this afternoon, and would give a "ten spot" if you could be along.
By the way, I have some good news to tell you about my "Scrap Book," which Colman got away from me, and which I could never get back. I tried hard to buy it, at any price, of his brother some weeks ago, but could not as a whole. A portion of the sketches and some of the very best I did secure, and am now hoping to get the whole. My collection, as it now stands, is very rich, and it will be a long time before they slip from me again.
I am glad to learn that Shepard is doing well. He is a noble fellow, both in heart and mind, and I trust I shall yet have a good opportunity to do him justice with my pen. He has'nt a better friend in the world than I am to him, and I should be very much pleased to have him write me a long letter. Give him my fondest regards and tell him so.
I have a new book on the carpet, which will be published in England.
Glad to hear that the Academy has taken a new start. I am on good terms
with the Art-Union (including for a wonder, the new President, whom I have occasionally made a little mad) but I think it a poor concern as now managed. A very clever fellow, residing in Georgetown, by the name of Boggs sent on some months ago two very good pictures to the Art-Union, and the other day was informed that the pictures were not wanted, the Committee not condescending to give a reason. His means are ample, but this shabby treatment has disgusted him, and he will prevent hundreds from subscribing to the miserable concern again.
But enough-Business calls. Write me soon and know that I am as ever.
Your sincere friend