Letter from LARKIN GOLDSMITH MEAD to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH and JOHN NORTON POMEROY, dated August 2, 1858.
Hon Geo. P. Marsh,
I have not yet got my figure of Allen into a shape to be
inspected. I find it is a tremendous task to get everything to harmonize in so large
a figure. Still I am getting along very satisfactorily to myself and I trust it will
be in a condition so that I shall wish you to see it soon, as also Mr Pomeroy --. I have got the wooden figure well advanced and I trust
they will both be in tolerable shape in or weeks, If it
is more convenient for you to come earlier please let me know for my figure of Allen
is in two pieces and it is a days work to put them together. If I do not hear from
you I will advise you as soon as I think this
work in a proper state. --
In hasteYours respectfullyLarkin G. Mead Jr,
Hon Geo. P. Marsh.
John N. Pomeroy Esq
References in this letter:
Ethan Allen, (1737/38-1789), is considered, with Ira Allen and Thomas Chittenden, one of the founding fathers of the state of Vermont. As a commander of the Green Mountain Boys, a local militia, outlawed in New York, Allen was a considerable force in the defense of the newly formed state against the British.
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.
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.