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Letter from CHARLES ELIOT NORTON to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated May 10, 1864.

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Title: Letter from CHARLES ELIOT NORTON to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated May 10, 1864.


  • Norton, Charles Eliot


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from CHARLES ELIOT NORTON to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated May 10, 1864., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 18, 2018)

Letter from CHARLES ELIOT NORTON to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated May 10, 1864.

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Cambridge, 10th May, 1864.

My dear Sir

I heartily wish that your suggestion to Mr. Artoni to make a Concordance to Dante might be carried out, but I am sorry to say that I am not able at present to assist materially in the work. The depreciation of our currency has so enhanced the cost of living that those of us who are dependent on fixed incomes are obliged to diminish our expenses & to practice a pretty strict economy. This is the more required of us, because of the frequent demands for contributions to objects of national importance, & of the increase in taxation. I am therefore unable to undertake the payment of Mr. Artoni's work, glad as I should be under other circumstances to do so. If he should be able & inclined to prosecute his work at his own risk I will with pleasure do everything in my power to secure its success in this country. I have little doubt that an -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- order for one or two hundred copies might be obtained from some of our publishers, & that there would be a steady though slow demand for the work here.


I must once more offer you my sincere thanks for your kindness in the Benv. da Imola matter. I will, as you suggest, write at once to Mr. White & to Lord Vernon (under cover to Mr. White,) to acknowledge the offer of the manuscript & to express my thanks for its liberality. I have not seen Lowell since the receipt of your last letter, to consult with him as to going on with our original design. I trust he will agree with me that it will be well to do so, & in that case I hope we might be able to get the first volume ready for the REF TARGET="e5a"festa of 1865.


The events of the past week have been of engrossing interest. The operations thus far in Virginia are indecisive, but the advantage seems to be on our side. With much ground for hope, there is -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- still reason for serious anxiety. It would appear that another great battle must be fought before the event of the campaign can be decided. I wish that we may have news today or tomorrow that Sherman has gained a victory in northern Georgia. Affairs in the South West look gloomy enough. Banks seems to have shown himself utterly incompetent, & he has got his army & the naval forces under his command, into so bad a position that it may be impossible for even so good a soldier as Canby is said to be to effect their relief. Banks's civil administration has been as great a failure as his military campaign, and it will be difficult to undo the mischief he has wrought.

Congress still dawdles over business that ought to be & might be settled at once. The air of Washington seems to be fatal to efficiency, & destructive of good sense & right feeling.

Fremont has entered on a disastrous course, but if the campaign in Virginia proceeds successfully his efforts after -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- the Presidency will result only in his own political ruin. There is no question that Mr. Lincoln is very strong in popular favor.

I am sorry to be obliged to write hastily & briefly today. I trust you have received my letter in answer to yours of the 14th & 29th March.

With my best respects & regards to Mrs. Marsh & yourself, I am, always,

Faithfully Yours,

Charles Eliot Norton.

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