|Collection||Archives of American Art|
|Dates of Creation||1859/01/27|
|Scope & Content||
48 Beekman St.
Jany 27, 1859
My Dear Friend,
I hope you do not think we have all forgotten you- although you seem to have forgotten us. I hope your absence from the city has not been occassioned by illness. your artist friends certainly thought to have seen you at the Ranney exhibition.
Are you about something for the opening exhibition?
And have you done or thought of doing anything for my little collection of small pictures. I hope you was quite in earnest when you promised to do so. I saw a subject for your graphic pencil the other day--I wish you could have seen it,Iam sure you would have placed it upon canvass for the perpetual delight of thousands. A boy with a bad cold in his head, his feet in a pail of hot water. head tied up with white bandage, a red
flannell band about his neck-and such a woe-begone countenance, nose as red as fire-and in his hand the inevitable tallow candle-which he had been applying to his nose liberally.
I wish you would catch another such-and fix him for me.
I have a friend in Baltimore a gentleman of wealth and liberality who is getting pictures and would like much to add your name and genius to his collection-but hears there is no chance. Now I would like to know wether you cannot hold but some hope-which I should be most happy to communicate to him. Please let me hear from you if you have a few minutes to spare.
Will you not be here at one of the next receptions?
Your friend most truly in haste
Samuel P. Avery