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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD and MARY CHURCHILL BAIRD, dated April 7, 1870.

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Title: Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD and MARY CHURCHILL BAIRD, dated April 7, 1870.

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  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887
  • Baird, Mary Churchill

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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD and MARY CHURCHILL BAIRD, dated April 7, 1870., Original located at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washinton, D.C., RU7002., http://cdi.uvm.edu/collections/item/gpmsfb700407 (accessed August 20, 2014)

Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD and MARY CHURCHILL BAIRD, dated April 7, 1870.

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Florence April 7 70


Dear Mr & Mrs Baird

I am ashamed to send one sheet for two--and such two, but I have not much time, & both Mrs M. & I are obliged to save what eyesight we have as stingily as old sooty deals with a dead nigger.

Your letters gave us great pleasure and I can assure you that Mrs Marsh's indignation--I can't use a milder word--was not less than your own at being disappointed of meeting you. We should be very glad to see you at Washington, much more so, for your sake's, as well as our own to see you here, as I hope we shall some day.

I have caused the stinging part of Mr B's letter -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- to be copied several times & put in the right places. I am assured & believe the wrong will be speedily righted. The only trouble is, that the ministry here is always perched on an inverted pyramid, & so entirely occupied in keeping themselves & their seats well balanced that they have no time to think of anything else. If they promise anything, it is always with the pious formula, "if we live," and they are very apt to cease living, before the promise is fulfilled.

I am mightily obliged to you for trouble about the documents. There is a most urgent demand for such, & I can dispose of any number except of Diplomatic Correspondence -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- which cannot be given away.

The improvement in the chirography of the man of the house struck me at once. I was afraid he was in his second childhood, but was relieved to find that it was only the work of a scribe. Well, I wish I had as good as one.

There is a good deal of activity here in a scientific way. No great results, but there are many earnest students. Schiff you know about. What an idea! an anti-materialist arguing that the human spirit is material, because he thinks he can measure its operations by a stop watch, & warm his hands, at the same time, by the heat the brain develops in hard thinking! -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- We like Schiff very much, nevertheless. He has given over vivi-section, but I am afraid he pricks a turkey or a frog now & then, just to see them hop.

I am mightly obliged to you both for your kindness to my dear nieces. Only a childess old man can understand how strong an affection I have for them -- What you do for them is better than if done for me --

There are photographs of Powers & of his bust of Longfellow, very nearly if not quite his best work; also autographs & things for Lucy.

Mrs Marsh joins me in affectionate regards to you all

Yours truly

Geo P Marsh note:Mr & Mrs Baird

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