|Dates of Creation||1852/08/22|
|Scope & Content||
Stony Brook, August 22d 52
My dear Nephew,
-Since I have seen you I. have exhibited my first Hollow back violin, to several distinguished musicians in N.Y. they expressed themselves highly pleased with the simplicity and power of the Violin-I have received letters patent-I send you a `List of Patents.' I now have time to perfect my invention at my leisure-I have lately made improvements in the Patterns (to work by) which will improve the tone. I can not allow any more to be made unless rnade under my own directions-and I shall not suffer any to be sold until I have it perfect The Violins that you and your friend Wood made for your own use you will please not dispose of. I have my reasons which I will let you know of in time - I painted in June & July a portrait of Revd Zachariah Greene (a small whole length) surrounded by his great, great, grand children For Mr. J. T. Vanderhoff 55 Seventh St. [illegible]N.Y. I have just finished some portraits on on the South Side of the Island-It being Sunday afternoon- most of the family have gone down to the barn church-'to hear Revd Evins-try to snatch sinners from, the burning-
You must give my best regards to the Mr- Woods. I hope they will give you every opportunity to make you a perfect carriage maker. Do the best you can-luck perhaps will follow-Be cheerful & industrious under all circumstances-Stick & hang -dont, let yourself be excited on every occasion, keep cool All you need to think of during your apprentice ship is to make a perfect workman-Money will naturally come in afterwards-I could give instructions as long as the moral law, if I had time, but for more advise you must look in the Bible-one of the best works out-as regards, rascality and honesty, butit rather inclines to good
WM. S. MOUNT.
P. S. I enclosed I send you two dollars-$2-00
Henry J. Mount Esq"
(Pencil note on outside of letter:)
"I promise to give to J. H. Mount one piece of violin music 10 pages long for one spice apple received' from him