Letter from GEORGE PERKINS MARSH to JOHN NORTON POMEROY, dated September 26, 1872.

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Rome Sept 26 72

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My dear Mr Pomeroy

I have just received a letter from Carrara saying that the statue is already "pointed," that is, drilled down to the intended surface at a great number of points, and is now in course of chiselling. It is promised, finished, in about three months at furthest.

Much obliged to you for your assurance about Greeley. Thank Heaven, we are not, I trust, sunk quite down to such a chief niagirtracy as that. I don't wonder Sumner cut and run. He must have been heartily ashamed of his company. Greeley's encouragement

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to the rebels cost usn 100,000 lives and 1000,000,000 of money. He deserves a halter as richly as the greatest rogue south of the Potomac, Toombs himself not excepted. Well, I have nothing to take back about G. I never trusted him --

Very truly yoursG P Marsh

Hon J N Pomeroy

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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.

Horace Greeley (1811-1872), founder and editor of the New York Tribune, was opposed to the severe Reconstruction measures of the Radical Republicans.

Charles Sumner (1811-1874), a founder of the Republican party, was U.S. Senator from Massachusetts 1851-1874.

Robert Toombs (1810-1885) of Georgia, who was a U.S. Senator 1853-61, became Secretary of State of the Confederate States of America in 1861 and later a brigadier general in the Confederate army.