Letter from THOMAS E. POWERS to GEORGE P. MARSH, dated September 20, 1858.

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Vermont Capitol,Superintendent's Office.Montpelier, Sept 20, 1858

Hon. Geo. P. Marsh -- Dear Sir --

I have rec a letter from Mr Mead asking for a portion of his pay for the figure for the Dome The work was to be done to the acceptance of the Commissioners, & as you have examined it, will you advise me in relation to making him the remittance? --

He asks for $550 --

Respectfully YoursT. E Powers

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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.

Dr. Thomas E. Powers, (1808-1876), of Woodstock, Vermont, was appointed by Governor Fletcher to be the Superintendent of Construction of the 1858-1860 project, to build a new State House in Montpelier to rebuild the structure burned in 1857. He and the architect, Thomas W. Silloway, were soon at loggerheads over their roles in the project. Powers became State Senator in 1861.