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Letter from JOHN NORTON POMEROY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated March 21, 1877.

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Title: Letter from JOHN NORTON POMEROY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated March 21, 1877.


  • Pomeroy, John Norton


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from JOHN NORTON POMEROY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated March 21, 1877., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 19, 2018)

Letter from JOHN NORTON POMEROY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated March 21, 1877.

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Burlington, Vt. 21st March 1877.

Hon George P Marsh, Rome, Italy.

My dear Sir. You will doubtless be somewhat surprised when you recognize the hand writing of your old correspondent and co-adjutor in the Ethan Allen Monument and Statue Campaign, which closed with a great celebration on the 4th day of July 1873. After waiting, for the publication of the proceeding, for more than one year, I obtained a copy and forwarded the same to you by mail without an accompanying letter, which I endeavored to supply by a letter commenced on the 24st November, 1874, which, through a lack of interest in the subject matter, vis inertiæ, constitution cacoethes non scribandi, and a little touch of octogenarianism, I failed to accomplish. I might add in extenuation of my subsequent negligence the fact of severe attack of pneumonia and a constant and threatening catarrh, which Dr Thayer cannot cure.

I have been induced, in the face of all these obstacles, with an unwillingness to interfere with your time, to write you of an interview I had with Governor Peck yesterday, on the subject of the contemplated Statue of Senator Collamer, which this State has ordered and is about to be constructed by Powers, the artist. Govr Peck showed me a photography of a bust of Collamer made by the artist, as the model, to be put in marble, if approved by the Governor, who, as I understood, having no decided convictions himself, would abide your opinion and taste. I understood that you sent the photography to Gov. Peck, but did not understand that you expressed an opinion about it. I must confess -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- that I was much surprized at the pretense of calling it a likeness of Mr Collamer or that in these days [of] universal photographing there could be such a failure in obtaining a likeness. I told the Governor that they could not have had a photograph--that I had a good one and I would send it to you (to be exhibited and returned as I highly prized it as a gift from Mr. C's daughter) and that would supercede any further words on the subject -- All which the Govr wished me to do and to write to you. Which I have thus done, I hope not officiously, in aid of the cause of truth and good taste.

I cannot close this note without congratulating you as an American minister and citizen on the providential termination of the Presidential election--an event only second in importance to the glorious issue of the Rebellion.

I remain with very kind regards to Mrs Marsh, very truly and respectfully yours

John N. Pomeroy.

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