"I would rather study peace than war"

Catlin, George, American painter, author and traveller (1796-1872). Autograph letter signed ("G. C.").

"Monday evening", [ca. 1840].

8vo. 2½ pp. on a single bifolium.


To an unidentified recipient ("Dear Sir"), stating that he has been unable to see him and that he must leave for Manchester, and requesting that he not mention his name to Col. Sherburne. "Returning too late from Preston I could not reach your house on Sunday evening & my avocations since have been such as to prevent me as yet from calling on you. I leave at an early hour tomorrow (Tuesday) for Manchester [...] In any correspondence you may have relative to Col. Sherburne I pray that (though you are at liberty to make use of the information I have given you) you will make little use of my name as you well can, as I would rather study peace than war with such a person [...]".

Unable to find a suitable market in America for his growing body of work, Catlin travelled to England in 1839 hoping to find a more receptive audience.

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