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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to MARY CHURCHILL BAIRD, dated September 21, 1870.

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Title: Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to MARY CHURCHILL BAIRD, dated September 21, 1870.


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882


  • Baird, Mary Churchill

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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to MARY CHURCHILL BAIRD, dated September 21, 1870., Original located at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washinton, D.C., RU7002., (accessed January 16, 2018)

Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to MARY CHURCHILL BAIRD, dated September 21, 1870.

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Florence Sept 21 70

Dear Mary

I owe your husband a letter and probably always shall, for the debt is so old that he can't collect it, being outlawed, & I think I had better pay you up before I am sued.

We were in Paris at the declaration of the war. I left Mrs M. her niece, & some charming Italian friends in the city, & went to Aix for the baths. After a fortnight, the reports were so alarming about the state of things at P. that I went back to look after my women, who, I found, war n't scairt a mite. My poor niece, however, was extremely ill & we were told by the doctors, that an immediate change of air was necessary for her, and as soon as she was able to travel, we came back to Florence, leaving Paris most reluctantly, as we had a great desire to see the thing out. Ellen has been in a very critical condition since our return, but we hope she is a little better, though we dare -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- not take too much encouragement.

Mrs Marsh experienced great relief from Dr Sims's treatment at Paris. This was most fortunate, as she otherwise would certainly have sunk under the burden of anxiety & watching. Indeed the last ten weeks have changed her in looks more than any ten year before since I have known her.

I will say nothing of the war except that I hope the Prussians won't lose all by insisting on too much.

We Italians have got Rome at last, but 'tis a large elephant, and a hungry. What shall we do with it? Also, what shall I do with my house, to which I am tied for three years more, at $1800 per year? A question to be asked --

You must have had a capitol time down East. I envy you some of it--not the taxidermical part though--I had a line from Edmunds, but nothing from Susan. I am infinitely obliged -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- to you for your kindness to Carrie, which has been of infinite use to her. We very much wished to have her stay another winter within reach of you three & the Edmunds, but it seemed absolutely necessary for the poor girl to think more of earning than of learning. She is most grateful to you all.

Poor Jack Gilliss's death was a sad blow to us. He was one of my greatest favorites from his fourth year, & was a most deserving, as well as remarkable young man. Mrs Marsh will write to Mrs Gilliss as soon as her heavy burden is lightened.

I enclose for Lucy the best lot of stamps I ever sent her. What a good man I am! But I am not appreciated.

Mrs Marsh joins me in affectionate salutations to you all

Yours truly

G P Marsh
Mrs Baird

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