|Collection||Kate Strong Historical Library|
|Dates of Creation||1848/06/02|
|Scope & Content||
Now friend Mount, I have a word for you confidence. After we last met in N.Y. I met Miss Price at the Art Museum. [ ] passed word together remarking upon the pictures, and when she left, she left a very favorable impression upon me of her tallents and true Ladylike politeness. You remember you introduced us at the Academy [illegible]. I saw her several times after, and called at her residence (178 East B Way) the night before leaving. I think she has tallent and many accomplishments and (though she may have guessed it from my manner) she
also has my best friendly esteem which, even should it not be requited, I feel to say with a great man, "has been [ ]en to a worthy one." When will you see Miss Harriette P.? At such time as you may, you will confer a favour of no trifling value, by any kind remembrance of me to her.
I have written at some length upon this point-still I would not burden you with such friendship matter--you know that my social nature is at least .something-and if the delivering of these respects to Miss P. is a labour, I feel confident that their reception will but be unattended with respect at least; if only for your sake. But away with this theme, I shall tire you, and I am not one, that wishes to use my friends.
We have a pleasant village and the time of flowers will now come. We shall have picnics and parties-but the news is not much-you will therefore see that I must close this long letter without much to interest.
While at Auburn, I spent several evenings with your Cousin W. W. Shepherd, who by the way, is one of the choice spirits-he made many inquiries after you etc, which were all answered; as best I could. I "went off" last week in full blast upon a Lecture of Art. The Critics say I done well, but I dont pretend know. I assure you however, if my pen was capable, that a certain particular friend of yours who resides on L.I. received Eulogy which justly belongs to "America's best Dramatic painter." Can you guess it? ha! ha! Don't go too far from "Stony Brook."
Now my dear Mount, oblige me by an answer to this at an early convenient opportunity. My Compts to your __ brother She , Elliott [illegible] etc. when you see them. Tell [illegible] I have not yet made that "ten strike." You know my weakness, (if such it be) will be particularly gratified by any mention of 178 East B Way.
I close then, and remain with sincere respects,
Wm. E. McMaster
P.S. Did you tell me that Miss P. was "Engaged"? How is it?
Address-Cazenovia, Madison Co NY.