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Letter from FREDERICK BILLINGS to CAROLINE CRANE MARSH, dated November 8, 1882.

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Title: Letter from FREDERICK BILLINGS to CAROLINE CRANE MARSH, dated November 8, 1882.


  • Billings, Frederick


  • Marsh, Caroline Crane, 1816-1901

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Letter from FREDERICK BILLINGS to CAROLINE CRANE MARSH, dated November 8, 1882., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 22, 2018)

Letter from FREDERICK BILLINGS to CAROLINE CRANE MARSH, dated November 8, 1882.

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Woodstock Vermont.
Nov. 8th 1882

Dear Mrs Marsh,

Your most welcome letter of Octr. 8th came in my absence in the far West. I lose no time now in thanking you for its very kind expressions. I deem myself most fortunate in having the privilege of purchasing the most valuable Library of your late husband, and of giving it -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- to the University. Taking all the circumstances together, it seems to be a matter for congratulation all round. I am now exercised about a fire-proof Library building. The present Library of the University is a very valuable one, and when it has this new addition, it would seem almost criminal to run any risk of its destruction by fire. That subject is now under consideration. I beg you to take your own time to pack -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- the books for transportation, and I am very thankful that that work is to be done under your personal supervision. If I could be present with you, I might follow the suggestion that some of the American official publications be left abroad. As it is however, I desire everything to be forwarded including the files of the Scientific and Literary periodicals taken by Mr Marsh. I shall consider the file of the London Daily News--extending -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- through the whole period of the War, as a very valuable possession. It pleases me to know that the bust of Mr Marsh, will in time be with the books.

Your husband was kind enough to send me a photography of himself in his study taken in Florence in 1875. I should like exceedingly to have one or two copies of that to give with the Books to the University. My copy has his autograph, and -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- I would not part with it on any account. It would be well if there are several photographs, and they do anything like justice to him, to have copies of all of them forwarded to me. I shall be very glad to remit the expense.

I had indulged the hope that sometime I should see Mr Marsh and yourself here in the old homestead which he loved so much, and which goes -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- by the name of the Marsh Place. Of course it is very much changed, but we have had a delightful home here for a good many years.

Your husband was always kind to me when I was a young man. My heart was full of love for him, and it was a great grief to me to hear of his death, and to feel that I should never see him here. I can well understand how heavy your sorrow is. Will -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- you not sometime come to see us.

Mrs Billings joins me in kindest regards.

Very Sincerely Yours.

Frederick Billings

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