|Collection||NY Historical Society|
|Dates of Creation||1847/04/23|
|Scope & Content||
Stony Brook, April. 23d, 1847
My Dear Lanman,
Your letter of the 17th containing art notices, I have read with much pleasure: Cole's Prometheus Bound I must see before long.
Your design of dedicating your forthcoming "book upon American Pictures" to the patrons of the Art-Union is a good thought, by throwing in some incidents of the association in the preface will add greatly to the sale of the work.
Do let me beg of you not to illustrate your work, with wood cuts in particular, Most of the pictures have been seen by the public. Do, for the love you have for the artists, leave something for the imagination. It is right to have your travels illustrated, there is no second hand about it, it comes from the mint fresh as a julip to the thirsty.
Perhaps you can obtain the loan of one or two of The Gift plates. In possession (I believe) of Mes,rs. Carey and Hart, Philadelphia. "The Tough Story," Bargaining for a horse, etc. However, they do not come up to the scratch.
I thank you for the honor you intend me. But, put money in your pocket by
dedicating your book to the patrons of the Art-Union. Leave out the cuts, unless you throw in an outline of each artist's head. Perhaps it will please some to have their mugs sketched oft, and introduced.
Yours truly, Wm. S. Mount
P.S. I am sorry to say, my sister Ruth is in very poor health. She desires to be remembered to you.