Dinsdale, Matthew / Matthew Dinsdale papers, 1836-1897: Folder 3
Copy of a Letter. / New York / Saturday, 17. November PDF (2.8 MB)
Copy of a Letter New York Satuday, 17 November 1849 My dear Mother, This morning about 10 o'clock I had my daguerreotype likeness taken at Brady's in this city, as a present for you: dictated by my filial affection: and if you shall both be well repaid. I have long purposed to send you my likeness, as I am sure you will be glad to obtain it: I delayed in order to be taken by one of the best artists, and now I send it to be a memento of your absent & far distant son, and an evidence of my constant & undying affection. You just have me in my homely & every day appearance, without being brushed up for the occasion, but I think you will like it better on this account, as you will wish to see me as I am, and not as the fastidious may think I ought to be. That the representation is correct, you will be assured from the fact it is a Daguerreotype & not a mere artistical copy and that it is a pretty good one, I can give you some evidence. Mr. Wasley + another gentleman accompanied me to Brady's, & when mine was shown them, they both concluded to be taken; tho' neither of them had intended before we went. Mr. W. had his taken only two or three days ago by another artist. I make these statements merely to show you that you see me as I now look. I would like to know if you think I am like myself.
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