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Catalog Number KSc032379
Collection Louise Ockers Collection
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1835/11/25
Scope & Content New York, Nov. 25. 1835

My Dear Sir,
In my last I forgot to mention that I prefered you would not varnish the picture you are now painting for me if equally agreeable to you. What I fear is that it may crack as there is more body in the paint than in the varnish; the former when dry will contract and by that means leave cracks in the picture. I have not had my pictures by Cole varnished and the first one looks better today than the day I recd it. The blending of the colors gives it a richness and softness that it had not at first. It will be improved and perhaps would now by varnish if thoroughly dry and probably is nearly so if not quite at this time.
I think Cole mentioned to me that mastic varnish should not be used in any case and he if I mistake not spoke of another kind, but what it was I do not recollect.
You need not be afraid of the effect of your pictures if they are never varnished. With my best regards for your health and prosperity,
I am your friend Luman Reed