|Collection||NY Historical Society|
|Dates of Creation||1847/04/13|
|Scope & Content||
My Dear Lanman,
Stony Brook, April 13th, 1847
I have received your (General Taylor like) letter, containing "picture notices." Brother Shepard will be delighted with your critic of himself-it is very gratifying to me that you have given him such a lift.
Three cheers for General Scott. I am pleased to state that I have received an order from the Art-Union. I believe it was very much owing to your artistical pen. The price is $300. and to be ready by the first of Sept. I know you must have been pleased with Ranney's Sunny countenance.
I had a call yesterday from two beautiful Ladies, Miss Marcia Smith and her Sister Charlotte. They desired me to paint forthwith a portrait of their Mother, for their brother-in-law at Boston. I regret not being able to do it (on account of other engagements), as she is a splendid subject.
I thought Page would return to walk once more upon holy ground. I hope he will stay with us. Shepard and his wife and son are in the City for a few days. Paint away, nothing like it, no time to be lost. Perhaps you are not aware of it, but I think you are working yourself in a way to make a great deal of noise in the world.'
Yours truly, Wm. S. Mount
[I am told there is a mistake in the Catalogue about the little cabinet portrait of my niece. It is put down a portrait of a Gentleman, when it should be of a Lady. Will you be kind enough to correct it. W.S.M.
[AT TOP AND UPSIDE DOWN]
P.S. I am desirous that you should write the History of the Campaign against Mexico with all the incidents, etc. etc.