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Letter from G. P. A. HEALY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated January 5, 1853.

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Title: Letter from G. P. A. HEALY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated January 5, 1853.


  • Healy, G. P. A.


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from G. P. A. HEALY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated January 5, 1853., 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 G. P. A. HEALY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated January 5, 1853.

Transcribed by : John Thomas, Ralph H. Orth and Ellen Thomson

TEI mark-up by : James P. Tranowski andEllen Thomson

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Boston January 5th 1853.
2. Franklin Place.

My dear Marsh

Myself & wife have laughed till the tears ran down our cheeks at the idea of the auto de Fe you proposed in your last most amusing letter, we think our little Mary would say, could she hear of it, Mr. Marsh is a wicked man, & I have no doubt that some dread of the sort must have been communicated by a mysterious agency to the people here, as since I wrote you, the city has voted twenty five hundred dollars toward the purchase of the Webster picture, & the citizens have subscribed the same sum, should it even stop there, I shall be able to pay my debt in Paris, & as I am fully employed making copies from the head of the great man (whose death has caused -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- more sensation than any since that of Washington) besides other commissions, I hope to return to Versailles in May, & as soon after as possible I will make arrangements to join you. Mrs. Healy cannot be persuaded to leave the darling children again, but she tells me she will give me six months leave of absence in that time Mr. John A. Lowell, (with whom I had a most interesting conversation) thinks I can do Italy, Germany Spain & the East!

I have just finished a portrait of General Pierce for the Dem. [All?]. at Washington, & am now painting one for his wife, he is a most unaffected agreeable man, so much so, that my wife cannot believe he is a real Democrat, at which he is much amused; during the sittings we talked of the ministers abroad, & you may be sure you were not forgotten. I hope you will remain, & I have no doubt you will, as long as he can keep off -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- those who are besieging him for office, he thinks very highly of your Excellency.

I am painting Hawthorne who is as timid as a young maiden but a very pleasant person with a fine head, this, & a head of Webster are for the White house, ordered by General Pierce -- Apropos to my age, an old lady the other day, having misunderstood me respecting the time since I was in Italy, & my age when I was there, came to the conclusion that I must now be sixty five, & said she would'nt have given you more than fifty! which has given Mrs. Healy the right of calling me her old man; but I flatter myself that I shall not be forty until next July!

The Wheatons are living very comfortably at Cambridge, & since the death of Robert, Abby has exerted herself in a manner we thought her incapable of, & is fully occupied in teaching the modern languages. -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- Martha & her Mother are in bad health. Give our kindest love to Mrs Marsh & tell her I hope to find her looking like her own dear self! Also a thousand kind things to yourself & Miss. Paine & believe

Ever Sincerely yours Healy

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