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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH and CHARLES PAINE to HIRAM POWERS, dated June 12 1847.

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Title: Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH and CHARLES PAINE to HIRAM POWERS, dated June 12 1847.

Author

  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882
  • Paine, Charles

Recipient

  • Powers, Hiram, 1805-1873

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Extent: 1 letter

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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH and CHARLES PAINE to HIRAM POWERS, dated June 12 1847., Original located in the Hiram Powers and Powers Family Papers, microfimed by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, and loaned by the Cincinnati Historical Society., http://cdi.uvm.edu/collections/item/gpmhp470612 (accessed April 23, 2014)

Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH and CHARLES PAINE to HIRAM POWERS, dated June 12 1847.

Transcribed by : Ellen Mazur Thomson and Ralph H. Orth

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


Published by: University of Vermont. All rights reserved.

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Burlington, Vermont. June 12 1847


Sir

Under the authority of a Resolution of the General Assembly of Vermont, His Excellency the Governor has appointed us a committee to correspond with you, and inquire upon what terms, and within what time, you will execute for the State statues of Thomas Chittenden and Ethan Allen, to be placed in the niches in the lobby of the Capitol at Montpelier.

We enclose for your information a description and plan of the apartment in which it is proposed to place the statues, and as soon as the General Assembly shall authorize your employment, the best histories -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- of Vermont, and all other accessible means of information concerning the lives and characters of those eminent patriots, will be transmitted to you.

To the best of our knowledge, no busts or portraits of Chittenden or Allen are extant, nor has tradition preserved any other description of the person of either, than that they were men of large stature, muscular frame, and a severity of expression befitting [the?] [stern?] and arduous duties, which their position and the necessity of the times imposed upon them.

In testifying our gratification that your first commission from Vermont will be, not from a private citizen, but from the whole people of a State, which is justly proud of having given birth to the first of living sculptors, and which we are happy to know you still remember with the affection that no true and generous man can ever cease to feel for his natal soil, we trust you will pardon us for suggesting, that Vermont -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- has claims upon you not to be postponed to those of any other patron, and expressing the hope that you will permit no less important engagement to prevent you from soon bestowing upon the beautiful Capitol of your native State the most appropriate of decorations the images of the most famous among the fathers of her people from the hand of the most renowned of her sons.

We are sir, with the highest respect

Your obedient servants

George P Marsh Charles Paine
Hiram Powers Esq Florence

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