Painting: Master of the Wharves

August 5, 1830. Having done all my usual 'duties at the office, I thought I would go down to see how the pictures by Salmon would sell. They are all of them very pretty, but I held in exceedingly well until the close, when one came up which I could not resist, and immediately repented of the act.

¬óCharles Francis Adams

Fortunately for Adams, it was too late. The auctioneer's hammer had al ready fallen, and the painting was delivered in due time to its new owner. "I was confirmed of my opinion...

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