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Letter from HIRAM POWERS to GEORGE POWERS MARSH, dated August 2, 1863.

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Title: Letter from HIRAM POWERS to GEORGE POWERS MARSH, dated August 2, 1863.

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  • Powers, Hiram, 1805-1873

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  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from HIRAM POWERS to GEORGE POWERS MARSH, dated August 2, 1863., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., http://cdi.uvm.edu/collections/item/hpgpm630802 (accessed April 17, 2014)

Letter from HIRAM POWERS to GEORGE POWERS MARSH, dated August 2, 1863.

Transcribed by : Ralph H. Orth

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


Published by: University of Vermont. All rights reserved.

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Florence Augst 2d 1863



Honble George P Marsh.

My Dear Friend

You will feel for us I know, in our present afflication--and of Course I include dear Mrs Marsh and "Cary" Our Dear child Florence is now in her grave! She died calmly and without a Struggle--a few minutes past midnight--on the 31st July --

For nearly 8 months her gradual decline had been going on We took her to Leghorn for a change of air, but the disease, (Rheumatic Fever,) continued, and never left her until too weak for recovery, for an abscess--deep seated in the thigh, had formed, but never came to the surface Her sufferings were tremendous --

I will not touch your hearts, by a recital of what She Said--and how She bore her pains to the last. It was all truly Angelic! She had a wonderful mind--and was a 'born Poet,' in her way -- -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- Our two other Children, James--and Fannie--have been placed beside her in the same grave We had them embalmed--after a method sufficient to preserve the bodies, and have kept them till now--under the belief, that we Should go home with them And it may be that we Shall return to American, but not soon --

I received dear Mrs Marsh's letter, and have not forgotten her request for a photograph of her bust But so great was my anxiety at the time, that I really could not bring myself to write to her, and how we have felt ever since you may well suppose --

Pray tell her, that a photography from a plastic model would be harsh and very unsatisfactory -- I shall soon begin the bust in Marble -- With our United affectionate regards, I am ever your Friend,

Hiram Powers.

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