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Catalog Number KSa020659
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1835/12/11
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New York, Decr 11,1835

My Dear Sir,
I yesterday received your much awaited letter of the 4th Instant with your beautifull Picture of the "Undutifull Boys". To say that this Picture is satisfactory is not enough and the least I can say is that it pleases me exceedingly, it is a beautiful specimen of the art. The interior of the Barn is far superior to any thing of the kind I have seen, it is all good and therefore I need not particularize, the price is perfectly satisfactory and the money is ready for you any day you want it. I pride my-self on having now two of your Pictures and what I consider your best productions and hope yet to have more, but it is no more than fair that others should be gratified too and I must now wait until you execute some other commissions. I should have been much pleased if you
could have painted one of the Doors in my Gallery in the coming of the winter but I shall wait with pleasure until you find it convenient to do it. A few days after I wrote you last, Mr. Irving called on me and I showed him your Picture of the "Bargain"
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with which he was very much delighted and says he wants to become acquainted with you and I promised to let him know the first time you came in Town. He desired me to thank you for the pleasure he derived from seeing the Picture. Mr. Irving is a particular friend of Wilkie's. This Picture has been the admiration of a great number of Persons that have seen it. Mr. Durand who I called on this morning has seen the "Boys," he likes it much. I have made a great change in the front room of my gallery and much for the better. The Presidents are hung up. Durand is making great progress in the art. He has another picture in progress for me. I expect a picture from Flagg about the first of next month.
I hope I shall see you here soon. Please give my respects to your Brother.

Your friend
Luman Reed