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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated April 22, 1867.

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Title: Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated April 22, 1867.


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882


  • Norton, Charles Eliot

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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated April 22, 1867., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 16, 2018)

Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated April 22, 1867.

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Florence Apl 22 67

Dear Sir

I have received your obliging letter of Mch 20' and am glad that you think my article on Cantù worth printing. When I wrote it, I had not access to Müller's First series, & I perceive, now that I have consulted it, that my statement of his views requires a little correction. About the 27' or 28' page, I introduced a quotation from Müller's, second series pp 275-6, & then produced [proceeded] to state the difference between Müller & Cantù thus:

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The difference between the theory of Müller & Littre and that of Cantù may be thus stated: Müller & Littré suppose the classical Latin to be the basis of all the Romance languages

Please correct this by inserting after classical Latin this qualification, in its incorrect popular form, Again, on the next page, for: Cantù makes the old -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- unwritten vernacular the basis Read Cantù makes an old unwritten vernacular dialect the basis of of modern Italian Further, on the same page for: abnormally developed from classical Latin Read: abnormally developed from classical Latin as popularly spoken, Also, same page, for normally developed from the lingua rustica or popular speech Read: normally developed from the lingua rustica or vernacular dialect -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- I never doubted that you and Lowell would bring the North American to the high position you aimed at & so far as I can judge by what I see and hear about it, it is now recognised almost universally as first among American, and second to none among European periodicals. I wish I could write political articles for it but that seems not allowable at present. I trust the Nation may be a financial success, but without an advertising patronage like that of the Atheneum, I fear it never will. It is getting a very good reputation in Europe, & literary advertisers at least ought to make it their medium.

I send you a No of the Nazione with the judgment--just & merciful--on Persano. I wish the nation had courage and manhood enough to rid itself of L[...] in the same way. The Italie published here in French daily is, for the moment, the best Italian journal, & keeps one fairly up with the political movement. As to literature archaeology c in Italy one must look to France or England for information. There is no newspaper in Italy which would be -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- considered worth taking elsewhere, though the Diritto has a good deal of talent.

What you say of the change of opinion in N. E. on the Tariff question is very curious & interesting. The protectionists seem, as if in answer to the prayers of the free traders, to be judicially smitten with "more madness". What a bill of abominations that last was to have been! And what a shame the petition of the artists for protection.

There is much excitement in Italy in regard to the possible war between France & Prussia. Italy is, I fear not wise enough to keep out of the struggle, and there is much danger that she will be drawn in on the wrong side. The peace establishment is too much for the finances, & with a debt of about $1000,000,000 & few resources, I do not see how she could stagger through a war.

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I have little doubt of the ultimate emancipation, political and religious, of Italy, but I do not expect it to be accomplished as soon as I had hoped. The influences of French Imperialism and native aristocracy together is quite too great to admit of rapid moral progress among a people destitute of moral courage. I hoped to be allowed to accompany Mrs Marsh to Paris for further surgical aid this summer, but I have now no expectation of being able to obtain leave. She was much improved by her former visit but needs continued treatment.

Whenever it is convenient the publisher of the N A Review will oblige me by remitting the compensation for my article to Sen. George F. Edmunds U S Senate Burlington Vermont on my account

Mrs Marsh joins me in sincere regards to the ladies of your family and -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- to yourself. My best compliments to Lowell & Child, the latter of whom I wish joy in his Percy.

Cannot anything be done in the U S for the E. E. Text Society?

I do not remember whether I mentioned in a former letter D'Azeglio's Memorie, & his correspondence with Rendu. All deductions made, they are very interesting and will be useful

Very truly yours

Geo P MarshC E Norton Esq

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