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Catalog Number KSa020600
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1863/05/22
Scope & Content 295 North 2nd. Williamsburgh
Dear Sir.
Is the publication of this going to injure your feelings? I cannot buy your painting, for I am poor. but I can make a great noise about it. We must have someone to make a noise over or we lose the ground we [gain?]. Mdc. Crohen [?} says she forwarded your letter. I was in hopes you was in [illegible]. Reply quick or you will he too late. The H. Journal goes to press early.
Yrs. Tly,
J.H. Layton
[Enclosure:)
To the rescue ho! of American art. On dit.- It is rumored that Wm. S. Mount. has received the commission to paint an American genre painting of "Aunt Eliza at the Spinning-Wheel," the subject to be the bona fide flax-wheel upon which was spun the family linen of one of the F.F.'s L.l. As much of the venerable web has figured extensively on the field of battle in the shape of lint, prepared by the fair hands of the ladies (the Misses Strong), it has been proposed that the ancient wheel should be immortalized by a Mount. "Aunt Eliza" yet a buxom dame is the veritable spinner. How the dear old ladies of "lang syne" do last ! Though artistically speaking this is a genre painting it will assume the dignity of historic art; and from what we know of Mounts skill, we boldly pit this forthcoming American genre painting against any Meyer von Bremen in market.
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