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Letter from JOHN NORTON POMEROY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated November 1, 1870.

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Title: Letter from JOHN NORTON POMEROY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated November 1, 1870.


  • Pomeroy, John Norton


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from JOHN NORTON POMEROY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated November 1, 1870., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed April 30, 2017)

Letter from JOHN NORTON POMEROY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated November 1, 1870.

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Burlington; 1st Novr. 1870,

Hon G. P Marsh,

My dear Sir, An apology is due you for my delay in writing you since the receipt of yours of the 15th July, at Paris. I will now, at last, acknowlege its receipt, sometime in August, and thank you, for the agreeable contents, barring the declining of Mr Powers to furnish the model of the Ethan Allen Statue, which is, under the circumstances, a great disappointment. I am getting to feel the whole matter a tremendous great grass-hopper! and need a counsellor and friend, at hand. If you were here, I should feel vastly relieved-- as it is, I lack confidence and lose momentum. I have applied to artists for ideals or designs, on paper, and have obtained but two, neither of which could I agree to accept. But I am satisfied that the Statue can be nothing more than a representation of Allen at the demand -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- for the surrender of Ti--in a better dress than he probably wore, and with more dignity and less of "54o 49 or fight," than the multitude might expect. When I shall have obtained a satisfactory design, and it must be soon or never, I will send you a copy; but for the long delay, the promises made to subscribers and the impatience of the public, I fear I shall be obliged to adopt it without waiting your approval, which I should very much regret to do and could not consent to, but for the urgency of the case. But as to the material of the Statue, I shall have time to receive your suggestions and opinion and profit by them. The Isle LaMotte Stone, which you will recognize as a light colored lime stone much used for building, and the same with the material of the best stone houses in Montreal, is recommended as durable tough and easy to work. It will be about the same shade as granite--and quere, should it (the statue) be lighter or darker than the -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- Columns?

You have doubtless heard of the sad and sudden decease of Mrs. Henry Loomis, from a recurrence of a similar attack with the former one. We all feel it as a great loss. She was a women of a kind heart, superior mind and decided opinions--one, of whom martyrs are made. Henry is quite alone in his splendid house, his boys all being absent, at present--he bears his great affliction like a philosopher, if not a christian.

I am sorry to be compelled to concede that the expression in Hamlet "to the manner born" is justified by its connection, and cannot be got rid of.

I do not believe you need fear the Executive guilotine -- I see nothing and hear nothing that indicates an intent to use it on you, and the application of it to Bancroft and Motley, I think, is favorable to your chances, in as much as Mr Marsh will hardly venture to exhibit what will be called hostility or disrespect to our, to say the least, scholarly and literary representatives.

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What an awful and bloody tragedy has been enacted in Europe, since I wrote you last--it is a reproach to the religion we profess and the civilization we boast of--and if some poor Pilgrim who, not having been able to "get religion," is to be subjected to eternal torment, therefor, how many eternities of torment, shall he suffer, who brought about this terrible calamity? It would seem that Prussia was justifiable and consistent. Paris must fall shortly, and what then? the empire, the Bourbons or a Republic -- They dread the first, hate the second, and are not fit for the last.

We have had the most extraordinary season that I have ever known, excepting that of 1816- -the former remarkable for excessive and continued heat south wind and sunshine--the latter for chilly frost and obstructed sun-light. We seemed to have the heat of two summers in one, and yet have suffered little from drought -- Corn first rate, potatoes medium crop--hay below medium--grapes fine, pears abundant, apples super-abundant. There are some exceptions as to drought

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We were all surprised at the recent census of the City of Burlington - the population numbering 14375! And you would I think be pained as well as surprised at the complete surrender of our once beautiful Lake shore to the lumber yards. The chief accession of moderate tenements is north of Pearl Street

Horatio Loomis has returned from his European tour, and after a short visit in B., left for Chicago; in excellent health and highly appreciating his meeting and intercourse with you and yours.

I write, without knowing whether to direct to Florence or Rome.

Mrs P. would join me in very respectful and friendly salutations to yourself & Mrs M

Very Truly Yours

John N Pomeroy

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