This is a beautifully handwritten letter to Mr. Austin. In this letter he refers to a forthcoming trip to South America. Two years after this letter, he produced his painting "Heart of the Andes" (1859), now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York City. He explains how he "attended to" his correspondent's "curiosities". "I had to pack them myself, as nobody else would have done it properly. I found most of the Alcohol evaporated from the jars which I replaced. I secured the stoppers and packed all in a box. I have my doubts about the Eel...I will find some place to store all of your trays safely...Shumway...has taken a new studio...and is doing very well...I am nearly dead with the great amount of work which I have had to do lately...Please tell Judge Skinner that I intend to undertake his pictures simultaneously after my return from South America...." Signed, "F. E. Church."
This is a fine, substantive letter with some red docketing at the top of the first page indicating his name.