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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD and MARY CHURCHILL BAIRD, dated October 6, 1848.

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Title: Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD and MARY CHURCHILL BAIRD, dated October 6, 1848.

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  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

Recipient

  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887
  • Baird, Mary Churchill

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Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD and MARY CHURCHILL BAIRD, dated October 6, 1848., Original located at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washinton, D.C., file 7002., http://cdi.uvm.edu/collections/item/gpmsfb481006 (accessed April 19, 2014)

Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to SPENCER FULLERTON BAIRD and MARY CHURCHILL BAIRD, dated October 6, 1848.

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Burlington Oct. 6 '48


Carlisle

Dear Spencer & dear Mary

I am sorry I have given you so much trouble about schools, & have pretty much determined on sending George to Andover, where I was (awful thought) before either of you was born. Litiz is naught, and Gettysburg is nix. Nazareth is better, and mercersburg and [allerchester?], & peradventure, I may take George thither another year, but not this. So make no further inquiries. I congratulate you on your monopoly of Agassiz, & shall give you and him all and comfort with Prof. Henry. Put your proposal into tangible form, & it shall not lack support from me. Lo a discovery! Henceforth Vermont houseth her own mammoths. Proclaim to Agassiz that last week in excavating the summit level of the Rutland Rail Road at Mount Holly, beneath a bog, & in a bed of gravel, 12 feet below, the surface, was found a perfect grinder of a mammoth, mastodon or other mammal beast, It is sound, processes & all, & not much fossilized, not rolled or worn, whence I argued that the rest of the skeleton would be found near, and urged special care in further excavations, which men in authority promised a true report. These eyes have seen, these hands manipulated, the molar. I prayed Director Rodgers to send Agassiz the bauble, & peradvanture he will. Let Agassiz send a boy, or come himself, and dig. All men shall aid him. -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- I hope the people of the 3' District here in Vermont will be wise but when a majority of 1500 shrinketh to a minority of 500, men know not what to think. I have spoken to the multitude much, sometimes seven hours in a day, & shall speak more yea, I shall reason with them continually until Nov 7' when I hope there will be an end.

Before I determine upon the missionary question I must be advised touching the fees & profits. I do nothing for nothing, let the reverend fathers understand that. What countryman is Master Nadal? There be Portugals of that name. I trust he is none. His funeral discourse is good. Tell him that. Mrs Marsh has spent several weeks at East Greenwich R.I. a very fischreich sort of place for the benefit of sea bathing, but with no advantage, and is as feeble as when we left Washington. I am greatly concerned about her, & fear her case will prove a confirmed one of spinal disease. I believe she needs rest and freedom from excitement beyond all other things, but there is nothing harder of attainment than just to be let alone. She is rightly sought unto, and persecuted of all men and women whithersoever she goes. This is complimentary and pleasing but too much of a good thing c. I am glad Mary is studying German: Let her not put her trust in [...] but study also. Heyse Schulgrammatik, or the like, and read much of Tieck, be at hand, let her read the autobiography of the Kaiser Tonelli in the 9' vol. & if she laugheth not [...] than she hath laughed yet. I am no true man. My poor Frau's health makes it more than doubtful whether we can go to Carlisle this fall, but I hope, faintly, that we may, and so farewell. Your affectionate friend

G P Marsh

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