Letter from LARKIN GOLDSMITH MEAD, JR. to JOHN NORTON POMEROY and GEORG PERKINS MARSH, dated April 26, 1858.
John N. Pomeroy. George P. Marsh.
I stopped in Rutland and called at Mr Henry Baxters house. I cannot tell you all the conversation, but, as I came away he said that when I wanted the marble, to let him know. "He did not care whether the Sate of Vermont paid him for it or not, that was not the object" I inferred from all he said that he would rather give us the marble than have it made of granite. I admire Mr Baxters generous disposition and I am confident he will do all that we can conscientiously ask of him. This week I expect there will be a subscription taken in Brattleboro and I anticipate quite a liberal sum though there is nothing certain
Yours respectfullyLarkin G. Mead Jr
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In 1855 the Vermont legislature appointed a committee to be in charge of a monument over the grave of Ethan Allen in the Green Mount Cemetery in Burlington. John Norton Pomeroy was appointed chair and Marsh served with him. Larkin Goldsmith Mead was chosen to create a figure of Allen for the monument. Unable to raise the necessary funds, the project was not completed until 1873. Mead's statue was instead placed on the portico of the State House and another figure, by Boston sculptor Peter Stephenson, surmounted the granite base erected in Burlington.
Larkin Goldsmith Mead Jr.(1835-1910) was a sculptor from Brattleboro, Vermont. although he spent most of his life in Florence. He created the statue of Agriculture that crowns the Vermont State House in 1857, and the statue of Ethan Allen in the same building in 1861. He was also responsible for the statue of Allen in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol and for an elaborate memorial to Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.