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Letter from HIRAM POWERS to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated February 9, 1864.

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Title: Letter from HIRAM POWERS to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated February 9, 1864.


  • Powers, Hiram, 1805-1873


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from HIRAM POWERS to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated February 9, 1864., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 20, 2018)

Letter from HIRAM POWERS to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated February 9, 1864.

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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Honble George P Marsh.

My Dear Friend

I am very glad that your letter has given my Son and myself an opportunity to afford our mite to the Cause of our Country, and thank you much for it --

Longworth will send (by post) to day 214 photographs--upon most of which I have written my name -- The views (as they are not in any way my work) I have not touched)

I have a marble bust of Washington--not engaged--in my Studio worth £75.00 (seventy five pounds) which I am willing to give if it could be boxed up and sent--free of expense to me -- I suppose that freight and all to N York or Boston would amount to about $25.00 but I have no money to spare it being that the war has affected my business affairs very seriously. Perhaps the Committee having in charge this business might be willing to pay these expenses --

The bust has a marble mark on it, but the face is all right, and the workmanship as good as as any thing of mine. It is from the same model as the one of which I now send photographs, and full size -- I charge £80. for such a bust in perfect marble --

Please write to me, if the photographs do not reach you Safely. --

In this letter I shall enclose a photograph from the statue of America, which is not bad though for want of a high light, the face is not so expressive as it should be -- Also one from the marble bust of "Eve" which -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- you will perceive, is superior to the one from the plaster cast -- If you would like to have several of them to give to your friends--say so and I will send them, but without expense to you --

I think that day light is beginning to dawn upon our Country, while confusion seems to reign in the South -- The Cry of the southern papers grows louder and louder--these we can hear--but the cries of the thousands of families--suffering every privation imaginable we do not hear -- Still--we hear of them--and know--that armies will not long hold together--when composed of fathers and brothers of the starving population -- I cannot but pity the helpless and innocent victims of Jeff Davis and his unprincipled gang of Traitors! --When the war is over--it will be found--I dare say--that horrors of which few at the north have even dreamed--have had place in the South --

I suppose--that in all wars--however just on one side and unjust on the other, there have been and must be a considerable number like our Fernando Wood and Seymour party in the midst to make confusion--but I wonder at the toleration of these men at the North--and confess, that I sometimes feel--that--if at home, I would lead a mob to tar and feather them--and treat them to a ride on a rail "grevious to bestride"

We have now our Daughter and Son in Law Mr & Mrs Ibbotson with us, who join us in kindest regards to you and dear Mrs Marsh--to whom please say--that not being satisfied with the drapery I put -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- to her bust, I have remodelled that part of it. I am sorry you have to wait so long for the marble, but in these times I have to do as I can--and not as I would. It will have its turn ere long -- When it is done it will be well done --

Ever most truly yours,

Hiram Powers. note:Florence note:Feb. 9th 1864 ------------------

P.S. As the views mentioned in the first page--are of a nature not likely to be interesting in America--we have concluded not to send them -- They consist of little detached bits of scenery of no note --

There are 3 parcels of the photographs 72. in each of two parcels, and 70 in the other -- They are done up in the way photographs are usualy sent by my son to the Post for distant places, and they ought to reach you safely --

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