|Collection||NY Historical Society|
|Dates of Creation||1854/03/15|
|Scope & Content||
Stony Brook, March 15th 1854
Wm. Schaus Esqr.
A friend of ours in art matters has informed me that a distinguished publishing house has made application to the American Art-Union, to purchase the plate of "Bargaining for a horse," with the intention of making a large plate from it, perhaps with the intention of ruining your publication of "Coming to the Point" off the course. I do not believe they would move in the business without consulting me, which they have not done as yet.
Please call on Mr. A. Warner, and see about the matter, say to him that when I gave my consent to the Art-Union to engrave from the "Bargaining" I never expected the committee to sell the Copyright (the plate) when they had done with it, with a view to its being magnified, and there by Jose the spirit of the painting. The engraving was intended for the subscribers only.
I have addressed a letter to Mr. Sturges on the subject, so you perceive I am anxious to see you protected, as you have paid me for the copyright of "Coming to the point."
It is my hope that the dollar is not always to influence man in his duty to his fellow being.
Wm. S. Mount