Letter from LARKIN GOLDSMITH MEAD, JR. to JOHN NORTON POMEROY and GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated December 22, 1858.
John N. Pomeroy & Geo P. Marsh Committe
Enclosed please find $33 which I have today received from Rutland on subscription list to the Ethan Allen Statue. -- There are a number of subscriptions yet unpaid but Mr Haven a friend of mine in Rutland will collect them as soon as he has opportunity. I will send the subscription list with names of contributors when all is collected --- I am going to New York on Monday and shall probably be there two months. I suppose Mr Baxter will do as he proposed about the marble. --
Very respectfully yoursLarkin 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.
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.
John N. Baxter was superintendent of the Rutland Marble quarry in Rutland, Vermont.
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.