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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to HIRAM POWERS, dated April 13, 1863.

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Title: Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to HIRAM POWERS, dated April 13, 1863.


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882


  • Powers, Hiram, 1805-1873

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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to HIRAM POWERS, dated April 13, 1863., Part of the Hiram Powers and Powers Family Papers, microfilmed by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, and loaned by the Cincinnati Historical Society., (accessed January 19, 2018)

Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to HIRAM POWERS, dated April 13, 1863.

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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Turin Apl 13 '63

Dear Powers

I suppose Mrs Marsh has said all that is proper to be said about the war and things in general, but I want you to tell Nannie, from me, that she is to read attentively and ponder over stanzas viii and xi of the ode, where young ladies are referred to in a touching way.

I send by express a package containing my book & seeds for you. Also a small package for Baron Ricasoli who will send for it. Perhaps okra wasn't invented till after Mrs Powers left. If so, let her say as much to Mrs Marsh, who will tell her what it is good for. 'Tis a precious vegetable to such as know how to cook it. They say the -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- niggers brought it from Guinea, & this is why some folks call it gumbo, which has a niggerish sound like Sambo.

As to my books' paying, they don't by any means. All I have got for them won't pay the cost of the tools, other books, I mean, I had to buy to help make them. They have brought in some praise--more than they deserve--but no pennies.

The Eve I pronounce, categorically, your best thing, which is saying much. I have an idea about the type of the head, so beautiful and yet so unlike your other beautiful things. It is this. It is not the head of an American, or any of those folks that live about the Caucasus -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- and Mount Ararat and the neighbourhood of Eden, nor of a Greek, nor of a Roman, nor of a Goth, nor of an Egyptian. It is of more universal conception, and embraces all special types, so that there is no national form of head which might not, by possibility, have descended from this Eve, though some of them have got sadly distorted in later generations. In short it is a perfect generalization of all types, not the perfection of one narrow form of the human face divine.

I hope to get through my big book early in June, but it moves slowly like all -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- heavy things.

I should have gone to Florence with the King, but for a dozen reasons, the book & an unwillingness to leave Mrs Marsh so much alone in this country being the chief. There people are getting bad habits, robbery in the cars (I was in the train when it happened at Novi, t'other day) house-breaking and murder being common diversions in these parts.

Well, no more at present

from yours truly

G P Marsh note:H Powers Esq

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