Reuben M. Potter to McArdle, October 3, 1874
Fort Wood, N.Y.H. October 3d 1874.
H. A. McArdle Esq Independence Texas
My Dear Sir,
Your letter of the 18th of September was found by me here on my
return from Lake George, and I feel flattered to learn that my
suggestion of outward signs of inward throes (figures on the top
of the chapel wall) is thought worthy of the adoption of an artist.
Your idea of calling attention to the intended work by means
of some newspaper articles is a good one, but had not occurred to
me, and might aid indirectly in obtaining the desired appro-
priation. I will act on it when I receive the photograph of
your study, and may perhaps offer a preliminary essay on the
general subject in advance.
I lately, for the first time, had the pleasure of meeting with
a gentleman who had seen & admired one of yr works. It was
Mr. Eugene Bremond of Austin, who had been strongly impres-
sed by yr "Surrender of Lee."
I am, Sir, most truly & respectfully yours
Reuben M. Potter
P.S. The address of your letters mistakes my rank. I am only a Captain.
The Colonelcy is a newspaper brevet.
Reuben M. Potter to McArdle, October 3, 1874, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.