Letter from LARKIN GOLDSMITH MEAD to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH and JOHN NORTON POMEROY , dated June 10, 1858.
Geo P. Marsh & John N. Pomeroy CommitteeGentlemen Sirs,
I see by todays Springfield paper that the remains of Ethan Allen have been found "beneath the place of the old tomb stone"
I write to have you secure me a cast of the skull if any has been taken. If not perhaps it would be worth while for me to come up and make the casts, as there is so much talk about his monument and statue, I think it is important that I should have the cast if any one. My model is growing gradually and I am in hopes it will be quite satisfactory I hope I may hear from you when convenient
Respectfully yours Larkin G. Mead Jr.
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The lawyer, John Norton Pomeroy, (1792-1881) was a lawyer and prominent resident of Burlington, Vermont. He held several position in Vermont state government and was named chairman of the Statuary Committee to oversee the construction of the monument placed over the grave of Ethan Allen in Green Mount Cemetery in Burlington.
Ethan Allen, (1737/38-1789), is considered, with Ira Allen and Thomas Chittenden, one of the founding fathers of the state of Vermont. As a commander of the Green Mountain Boys, a local militia, outlawed in New York, Allen was a considerable force in the defense of the newly formed state against the British.
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.