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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated May 24, 1871.

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Title: Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated May 24, 1871.


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882


  • Norton, Charles Eliot

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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated May 24, 1871., Original located at the Houghton Library, Harvard University, in the Harvard Norton Papers, identified as Harvard Norton Papers 4650., (accessed January 16, 2018)

Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated May 24, 1871.

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Florence May 24 71

My dear Mr Norton

I think you once spoke to me of a London bookseller as both intelligent in his profession and trust worthy as a purchasing agent. The remark did not strike me much at the time for I could not at once conceive the possibility of such an entity. Upon reflection, however, I have concluded to ask his address, for though I am afraid I shall never read any more books, I cannot help buying them. I have, in my time, speculated much on the question: are there degrees in the absolute? I think there may be, and therefore, though no bookseller can with propriety of speech be said to be better than any other, possibly some one, yours for example, may be less bad than his fellows.

Since I saw you, we have made an excursion to several of the old Etruscan towns in southern Tuscany. There are, as you know doubtless, several collec- -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- tions of Etruscan antiquities for sale in these towns en bloc. Several of them, one at Sarteano especially, I should think very valuable, and the host of the Golden Lion at Chiusi has many very interesting objects. Would it not be well for the managers of the Boston museum that is to be, to turn their attention to these things? The supplies from the tombs are running dry, and important discoveries seem now to be rare.

We think Ellen was the better for an excursion, which we made after the manner of the ancients, that is, as people travelled twenty years ago, in our own carriage,my satisfaction, Jones -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- Very's little volume. I had seen in Dana's collection two or three of his poems before & am very glad to possess the collection. I have never read anything which carried me back to my childhood & early youth so completely as "The bubbling brook doth leap when I come by," for I was country, or rather I might almost say, forest born, and in those juvenile days, the bubbling brook, the trees the flowers, the wild animals were to me persons, not things, & though not of a poetic nature, I sympathised with those beings, as I have never done since with the general society of men, too many of whom would find it hard to make out as good a claim to personality as a respectable oak can establish.

I had forgotten the moulded brick and horse-shoe arches of San Gimignano, at least the details of them. I know no such specimens -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- elsewhere on this side of the Apennines.

I think in spite of Dr Mannhart that my eyes though bad enough, are not the worse for a little use of them, but I find the ne quid nimis a hard rule to follow.

Mrs Marsh, whose anxieties about Ellen seem to be wearing her out, joins me in kindest regards to all your party.

Very truly yours

Geo P MarshC E Norton Esq

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