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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated July 2, 1864.

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Title: Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated July 2, 1864.


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882


  • Norton, Charles Eliot

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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated July 2, 1864., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 21, 2018)

Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated July 2, 1864.

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Turin July 2 1864

My dear Sir

I have owed you a letter for a long time, but the delay to reply more definitely to your proposal on the subject of contribution to the North American has arisen from causes beyond my control. I had become engaged in preparation for a work which would have engrossed all my leisure for some months, and it is but very recently that I have come to the conclusion to postpone the execution of it, if not to abandon the project -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- altogether. The term you offer for articles for the Review are very liberal, and the rate of compensation is very considerably above what I have received, or am likely to receive, for anything I have yet published. I shall therefore be very glad to furnish occasional articles, and have already made many notes with a view to that object, but thus far the other occupation I have mentioned has prevented me from reducing them into shape. Beside this, I find my pen constantly straying into forbidden ground and before -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- I can finish anything, I must wait for a period--I will not say of greater leisure, for of time or measured by hours, I have enough, but--of greater recueillement, which will, I hope, come later in the season.

I shall keep the subject constantly before me, and hope to send something in a few weeks.

Our latest American news as to June 23, announcing a repulse of Grant before Petersburg. This in telegraphic, & I hope not so bad as Mr Reuter makes it. The defeat of the proposal for amendment of the Constitution on the subject of slavery is doing us much mischief, and will do us much -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- more. I heartily wish--but I fear it is a vain hope, that the administration could be induced to plant itself on an anti-slavery platform. We shall have no signal success--deserve none--till then. I know not what to make of a statement by the N York correspondent of the London Daily News: that Mr Lincoln's nomination was carried, or at least accompanied, by a pledge on his part to dismiss Seward & Stanton--I see nothing of this in the American papers. I should regret to see Mr Seward's foreign policy made the cause for his removal. I certainly am far enough from approving his apparent lukewarmness on the slavery question-- though I suppose Mr Blair to have controlled the President much more effectually on this point, than Mr S. has done--but his management of our foreign relations seems to me emi- [the following appears at the top and left side of the page beginning "Turin July 2 1864"]
nently discrete and able. Is there any truth in this statement, and if so, who is to succeed him? Is "nobody to blame" for Bank's wretched failures, or will somebody be held accountable?

Very truly yours

Geo P. Marsh

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