Letter from Albert G. PEIRCE to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated June 28, 1861.
Geo P Marsh Esqr
I forwarded the package of books immediately upon the receipt of your letter, according to directions contained in it. There are now here five letters, two of them Foreign ones, which I enclose to you; the other three do not look as if they were anything more than applications for your Autograph so I shall not send them unless you so direct.
Our national troubles still continue and no one can foresee the end of them.
A petition is in circulation however in N Y City for a compromise on a basis guaranteeing Federal protection to Slavery south of 36o 30' to the Pacific.
It is estimated that there are in the North three hundred thousand
troops under arms. Of these, fifty six thousand are in and about Washington yet our outposts are scarcely twelve miles from the city. Gen Scott is maintaining a "masterly inactivity" at present and people like Mr Pomeroy, (that know everything,) say that the Administration is waiting for Congress to assemble to try and cook up some new compromise
This State has sent the incredible number of two Regiments to the War and there is another now in camp at St Johnsbury and it is confidently predicted that they will get their arms and accoutrements before the war is entirely forgotten by the present generation but it is extremely doubtful however
Gov Fairbanks has made himself the laughing stock of the state by his miserable
ineficiency. He recently received by express a present in the shape of a petticoat
with the request that he wear it in future it being more
appropriate than his usual dress.
Our State Convention met a day or two since and nominated Holbrook for Governor, the rest of the ticket same as last year.
Underwood tried hard for the Nomination but could not succeed although the whole Vt Central interest went for him. Business is very dull and money not visible to the naked eye. Your friends are in usual health
There is occasionally a book comes for you.! Do you want them sent to you or not
Yours &A G Peirce
All wish to be remembered to Mrs Marsh & Carrie