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Letter from CHARLES ELIOT NORTON to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated 5th April, 1861.

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Title: Letter from CHARLES ELIOT NORTON to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated 5th April, 1861.

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  • Norton, Charles Eliot

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  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from CHARLES ELIOT NORTON to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated 5th April, 1861., 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/cengpm610405 (accessed December 29, 2014)

Letter from CHARLES ELIOT NORTON to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated 5th April, 1861.

Transcribed by : Ralph H. Orth

TEI mark-up by : James P. Tranowski and, Mary Lehman


Published by: University of Vermont. All rights reserved.

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Cambridge, 5th April, 1861.



My dear Sir

I am sorry to say that I have no list of words from the Morte d'Arthur to send you.

For several months after engaging to make a list of words from it, I was unable to get a copy of Southey's edition of the book for use. It was in November, I think that I at last received one from England. I then read over a considerable part of the Romance, & marked a large number of words, but finding that the copying out of the sentences in which they occurred was about to be a long -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- labor, & having meanwhile become engaged in other occupations, I deferred this work till a season of more leisure, meaning to take it up again this next summer at Newport.

I shall be sorry if this promise of mine shall have interfered with the prosecution of the work by any one else, who would have executed it more speedily.

I will, if my delay has not rendered it inexpedient, go on with the work to a certain extent. I cannot engage to fulfil all the requirements of the -------------------------------- Page --------------------------------Society,--to do so would imply an amount of copying, I believe, at least equal to the contents of the volumes to be analyzed. But I will, if it be worthwhile, make say from 800 to 1200 extracts of passages containing the words & modes of expression which seem to me of most interest & importance.

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And now let me thank you for your very kind note of the 30th of March. I saw both Lowell & Child yesterday, and each desired me to give you his best thanks for your very pleasant message. Child will, I believe, write to you -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- himself in the course of a few days.

I hope that we may see you again before your departure. If you should be in Boston before embarking pray have the kindness to let us know of your being there.

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

Very truly Yours

Charles E. Norton.

If I do not hear from you in regard to the Morte d'Arthur I will take it for granted that I am to go on as I propose.

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