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Letter from JOHN NORTON POMEROY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated March 23, 1870.

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Title: Letter from JOHN NORTON POMEROY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated March 23, 1870.


  • Pomeroy, John Norton


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from JOHN NORTON POMEROY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated March 23, 1870., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 20, 2018)

Letter from JOHN NORTON POMEROY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated March 23, 1870.

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Burlington, 23 Mar. 70.

Hon G P Marsh, Florence, Italy,

I was much relieved and gratified by the receipt of yours of the 22nd February, on the 19th instant, just four days after writing you to ascertain the cause of the long delay. I was gratified also by your approval of my report. Your suggestions as to the Statue I have read over with much care and interest and think I appreciate the importance and desirableness of the aid and approval of Mr Powers--and the proposition to furnish, by his son, a plaster model within two years, in Florence at $1000. in gold presents strong inducements for my acceptance in the relief it would afford from responsibility and the assurance of a success. But the objections to this course are too strong, I fear, to overcome--1st the time it would take to complete the job (at least three years), and 2d the greater expense. The people have become impatient and it is only by the assurance that the statue is to be done at once that they are willing to subscribe, and at that, we have yet added to the old subscription, but some seven hundred dollars, making in all but $2300; of which would be absorbed in the model, delivered here. Now I know that more can be raised, but it comes hard and all conditional that the the statue be forth coming. I wrote to Mr Edmunds -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- a few weeks since, requesting him, with his own, to obtain the subscription of the others of the Vermont delegation, but he has not responded, having enough else more important to attend to, I presume, and it is pretty much so with the rest.

It appears to me that the great point, in the case is to obtain the best and most appropriate ideal of the man, as to time place and circumstances and if Mr Powers would give us that on paper, we could transfer it to a model and thence to granite or marble with complete fidelity, and save much in time and money. The ideal is the whole--it does not as I understand require any very nice work on a statue of the kind and of course not on the model, as at 43 feet height its expression and effect must chiefly if not entirely depend upon figure and attitude -- Now will not Mr Powers, for patriotism or other consideration give us his ideal ideal on paper (he being only responsible for this) that we may have the benefit of it as coming from him. This would seem to be a very appropriate mode of indicating the interest in the undertaking which he so strongly professes, and doubtless feels.

As to the material of the Statue, whether of granite or marble, it is not perhaps necessary [to] decide now. For the matter of durability of Vermont granite, I cannot but consider the case -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- of failure, you name, as altogether exceptional, being probably, some portion of the rock which had been denuded and exposed to the action of the elements, by the deluge! -- And one can hardly help remark the apparent inconstancy of raising the question of durability of granite in a Statue, which is to be placed on a monument composed of that same. I am not committed on this point, but assuming both be equally durable and appropriate, I am rather inclined to favor granite because Harrington will furnish the same without cost.

I notice with pleasure and approval your highly complimentary remarks, of our friend H.G. Loomis (son of Luther)--he is a capital fellow, as was his father before him [but] this [was] never duly appreciated. You will I think have found our Mr Ware very much of a gentleman, as well as "very acceptable" in the pulpit. I am disappointed in your balance sheet, hoping it would show some thousands accumulated for the [...] day--but I know your expenses must be very large especially those of a charitable nature. The College has not made as to number of pupils, very great advance, but in vitality and efficiency is altogether ahead of any former period. Mr Angell, as you probably know has declined the appointment at Ann Arbor, and is a live man and very popular.

My wife would join me in our very kind and respectful regards to yourself and Mrs Marsh and I remain yours truly

John N Pomeroy

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