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Letter from CHARLES MARSH to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated August 23, 1858.

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Title: Letter from CHARLES MARSH to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated August 23, 1858.

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  • Marsh, Charles

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  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from CHARLES MARSH to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated August 23, 1858., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., http://cdi.uvm.edu/collections/item/cmgpm580823 (accessed August 02, 2014)

Letter from CHARLES MARSH to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated August 23, 1858.

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Woodstock Vt.
Aug 23 1858



My dear Brother

Saturday being one of the most favorable days of the season for the exercise of my hobby, I made a measurement of the Montague hill North Bridgewater The atmosphere was very clear and in an uncommonly equable condition there being a change of only .006 in the barometer during my absence The height above the town hall I make pr. Guyots tables recd by Prof Noyes 1825.5 fr. The view from the top is of course rather more extensive--but not so attractive as from Long Hill--there being no point the view of which compares with that of Shrewsbury & Killington peaks as seen across the great basin westward of long hill. There is also a wooded hill (from which a view cannot be obtained) -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- which shuts out the Camels Hump & vicinity I could however see very distinctly, a little north of where I suppose the C. H. should be, a very high mountain ridge with 3 prominancies somewhat elevated above the main ridge--of which the most southerly appears to be highest--its bearing is N.12 W. By applying a protractor to a meridian upon Z. Thompsons map of Vt. a course N.12 W. runs too far west for Mainsfield Mt. but the resemblance is very strong. There is also visible another very high peak, apparently rather more distant bearing N.2.W. a course by protractor applied as above touches Stirling Peak, -- There is nothing on the map or described in the towers between (in the Gazeteer) which I think would intercept the view of that eminence --

Another very high & distant mt. (strongly resembling Mt. Marcy as seen from Burlington) bears N.20.E. which carries us -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- in the direction of Wheelock & Westmore

Moose Hillock (I suppose) bearing N.68.E. hides the White Mts. But what I suppose to be the Sandwich Mts. of which Chocorua is highest are visible, also Kearsarge & divers other N.H. hills as well as some in the S.W. part of this state which I cannot identify Whenever you are here again I hope you will be able to make the ascent --

I see by the Chronicle that Prof. Young of Darmouth has lately shaken Ascutney down to 3129 ft. Partridge made it 3320.

Mr & Mrs Babcock left for home last week, thinking she had derived no benefit from her sojourn here--but friends of theirs also from Westerly who were staying at the same hotel, as well as other persons that otherwise & considered their departure unwise--she is thought to have consumption -- -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- Lucy & Benjamin started last monday for a visit to their friends in Maine Mass. & R.I. Lyndon is as usual.

With much love to sister Caroline

Your Affectionate brother

Charles Marsh

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