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New York University June 21st, 1848
You may possibly remember that when I last had the pleasure of meeting you, I made some allusion to a review of the Academy Exhibition which I was then preparing. I have since completed it, in ten parts, eight of which have already appeared in Mr. Bryant's paper-the Evening Post. Your own name occurs in the number of to day: and thinking that it may amuse you, in the quiet of "Stony Brook." I take the liberty to forward a copy When I see you in the fall I shall be glad to have you look over the other nine "visits." if you have not already read them. I have endeavored to write candidly and kindly and in a vein suited to the importance and interests of the Academy and of Artists and the Arts: though I may perhaps, fallen greatly short of my aim.
Of course you must not judge of my labor by the single number which I now send you, but must see the whole before you decide upon its worth. I was very much gratified by my election at the last Annual Meeting as an Associate of the Academy, and I beg you to accept my most sincere thanks for the kind share which I feel persuaded you took in procuring me the honor. You know that I occasionally furnish some of our city papers and others with items of "Art-News," and if you would he so kind as to let me know, now and then what you are about in your own studio, I shall esteem it a favor, which I will endeavour to repay as well as I can. I leave directly for my summer rambles, but any communication addressed to me at New York will be duly fowarded to me.
Do not, at this moment, think of any news which it would interest you to hear. As most of the artists are out of town or are preparing to depart, of course there is very little to be said of new pictures at present. I hope you are preparing some agreeable surprise for us, under the influence of the cool and pleasant ocean breeze; in summer. I have, as you will observe, returned to my old quarters in the University, where I shall be glad to see you, when you happen to visit the city, after my own return in October next.
Very truly yours,
T. Addison Richards
P.S. The authorship of the Notices in the Post is not public.