Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to HIRAM POWERS, dated June 17, 1864.

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Publication InformationTurin June 17 1864

Dear Powers

I send you a big book on Physical Geography, which (I mean the subject, not the book) will, in some aspects, interest you. You are not under the least obligation to read a line of it, as I am sure you can spend your time to better purpose than to read many.

I am much obliged to you for your kindness to my little brother (that is he was little when you saw him last, if indeed you ever saw him before) who was exceedingly interested in all your works, and though an old, old bachelor fell in love with our grandmother Eve at first sight.

Kind regards from us all to you allG P Marsh

H Powers Esq

References in this letter:

George Perkins Marsh. Man and Nature; or, Physical Geography as Modified by Human Action. New York: Scribners/ London: Low & Marston, 1864; revised and enlarged as The Earth as Modified by Human Action. New York: Scribners/ London: Sampson, 1874; revised, New York: Scribners, 1885.

Charles Marsh (1821-1873), Marsh's youngest brother, maintained the family farm in Woodstock until his death. He and Marsh frequently corresponded about barometric pressure, precipitation, mountain heights, and other natural and meteorological phenomena

"Eve Disconsolate," a full-size bust of a nude female figure made in 1862, was taken from the full-size statue of the same name which Powers sculpted between 1859 and 1861 and which, Powers wrote, depicts "Eve accusing the serpent." Over the next decade numerous marble replicas were sold, several of which are today in American museums like the Smithsonian Institution, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.