Nothing more appropriate to this view could be given than the following letter, written by Thomas Moore to his mother. It is taken from the Memoirs, Journals and Coreespondence of the distinguished poet, edited by Lord John Russell. 'My dearest mother--I have seen the falls and am in rapture and amazement. I cannot give you a better idea of what I have felt than by transcribing what I wrote off hastily in my journal on returning. . . . We arrived at the new ladder and descended to the bottom. Here all its awful sublimities rushed full upon me. . . . It is impossible by pen or pencil to convey even a faint idea of their magnificence. Painting is lifeless; and the most burning words of poetry have all been lavished upon inferior and ordinary subjects. We must have new combinations of language to describe the Falls of Niagara.' [P. 12; excerpted From 100-line extract from Moore's Letter.]
Descriptive Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of Daniel Pratt, Prattville, Alabama. Together with a Memoir of George Cooke, Artist. Prattville: Howell & Luckett, Printers. 1853.