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TOMPKINS H. MATTESON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/11/1849 - HFSID 256928

TOMPKINS H. MATTESON The painter of American historical scenes writes of his finances. ALS: "T. H. Matteson", 1p, 7¾x10. Sherburne, (New York), 1849 July 11. To Mr. P. Ridner Esqr.

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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TOMPKINS H. MATTESON
The painter of American historical scenes writes of his finances.
ALS: "T. H. Matteson", 1p, 7¾x10. Sherburne, (New York), 1849 July 11. To Mr. P. Ridner Esqr. In full: "Yours of the 9th was received this morning and I have barely time to write you briefly before the closing of the mail. I did rather hope to receive a certificate for the amount paid in by Roberts for I have made an appropriation for it here and it is important that I have it without much delay. I can borrow the sum however untill (sic) such time as you forward it. I will be obliged to you if you will sell the uncurrent money and procure the a certificate of deposite (sic) for the balance. I can get the money at the Chenaugo Co. Bank. I shall probably give you some trouble while I stay here but on my return I will amply satisfy you for it. You say business is dull with you -- therefore you may be enabled to attend to my little wants without much inconvenience. The package by express came safe. We are all enjoying ourselves much here - Mrs M's health is much improved so also is the Babes. The weather is just now exceedingly dry & warm -- indeed we have had no "pluvial" [rainy] days for nearly two weeks -- and have about abandoned ourselves to the prospect that old Pluvius has deserted us. Occasionaly (sic) he whisks his tail in the Southern breezes but anon is out of sight without so much as a sprinkle. Our best regards to you & yours. Very truly." Matteson, a master of the historical genre, is perhaps best known for his painting Washington Crossing the Delaware. He also captured other scenes from American history, including Spirit of 76, Signing the Compact on the Mayflower and Washington's Farewell to his Officers. Docketed in ink on verso of integral leaf, upon which identifying notes have also been written in pencil in unknown hand. Usual folds, lightly creased. Tanned along top edge. ¾-inch separation at mid-vertical fold. Overall, fine condition.

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