|Collection||Kate Strong Historical Library|
|Dates of Creation||1858/06/11|
|Scope & Content||
Huntington 11th June 1858
My dear sir-
Your letter, and accompanying present of the portrait of Micah Hawkins, affords me the highest degree of pleasure, and a grateful sense of your remembrance and regard. As my solicitation of your favor, was made in the first place with fear and trembling, but I had asked a great deal too much from one, who except in the reputation of Art, was a stranger to me, I the more deeply feel my obligation, as I am reminded that you had not forgotten it, and that more than two years ago you painted a picture. Which you concluded to retain until you could improve it, as a bequest for my great gratification. I most cordially assure that I truly appreciate the present and the donor. I shall have it framed and allow many of the old stile surviving friends of your uncle; an opportunity of seeing it, by placing it for a short time in some public place in our village, previous to giving it a permanent abode in my house, as one of the family. The fact that it is a copy of the portrait by Child an artist who may intimate with the father of
my wife - Joseph Wood of Washington he at one period of time was the partner of Jarvis, whose sister married Lewis Child.
AA the time above alluded to the parties above named with Hawkins, were members and I believe to founders of the Euterpean Society of which, but one solitary old member now survives - this is John Mackay of N.Y.
I remember very little of old Lewis Child altho' I knew, as I grew from boyhood up very many of the membership of the Euterpean Society, [ ] John Reid Lamaire Hawkins, Knight Rd- Maine, Mssrs, Hodgkinson, Mackay, Mons. Gentil, Riley, Taylor, Dr. Chapman, Garry Furman. Ule Shoeffer, and a host of others. When I was quite young, Lewis Child kept a paint establishment in William Street near Wall, directly opposite the old Post Office. He had a metamorflo[ ] sign swung over the side walk which at a certain distance gave the representation of the head of a noble Lion - in which the dignity was plus- but as you approached the Lion gradually faded out until you had presented in strong and truthful force the beautiful portrait of Washington. This sign was the town-talk, and a theme of wonder and admiration. With respect to John Reid, once the President of the Society, I know something of his
Life especially its last part and which will interest you. When I have leisure I will resume my narration under the "Sailors Snug harbor" in the Democrat, and from that source you will learn it.
With many thanks for your generous and [ ] favor, I remain
Yours ever truly
Joseph H. Ray
|Notes||Photocopy included of envelope of original letter (The envelope belongs to Bev Tyler)|
|Credit line||Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Beverly Tyler, 1983.|