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Letter from ALBERT G. PEIRCE to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated January 25, 1864.

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Title: Letter from ALBERT G. PEIRCE to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated January 25, 1864.


  • Peirce, Albert G.


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from ALBERT G. PEIRCE to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated January 25, 1864., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed February 25, 2018)

Letter from ALBERT G. PEIRCE to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated January 25, 1864.

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Burlington Jan'y 25th 1864

Geo P. Marsh Esqr

Dr Sir

After I wrote you last I received a letter from Scribner saying he should not send your books till the first of Feb'y or March. In consequence of this I have not yet sent your things to N.Y but have just got them together and shall get them off tomorrow or next day. I thought they would be just as well here as to be lying about Scribners for a month. The "Grim Worterbuch" is not in the library. We have searched thoroughly for it and it cannot be found. The other books I have found and they will go with the other things. I could not get a leather covered Register or should have sent it. We are all in usual health I believe and as usual scrambling for the Almighty dollar which as usual keeps out of our reach. Your last letter seemed to have a blue tinge in regard to our national affairs. You have doubtless before this heard better news. I tell you we are bound to lick em.

Taxes are awful, but still such men as Fletcher to whoom a dollar looks as big as a wagon wheel, say "put it on we are bound to fight it out" and when such as he are willing to pay you may judge what decent people are willing to do.

We have had a very mild winter here so far with just snow enough to get along and no more. The mercury has been to zero but once or twice and our cold snap was only 13o -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- below that point. West and south the weather has been very severe. To day the sun is shinning brightly Mercury at 40o.

Town matters are very quiet just now. All our men for the last call have been raised and sent to the front but still the town is filled with soldiers from Artillery, Infantry, Sharp Shooters, Invalid Corps and every branch of the service It looks strange to see so many blue coats even to me and I think would look much more so to you, tis so different from when you left. Gov Smith is quietly moving most of the military business of this state from Bratteboro to this place. He of course is quite popular about here. The great bulk of our veterans are reenlisting under the stimulus of large bounties and the hope that the war will soon end. I think we shall have a larger army in the field next summer than last. The negroes have proved themselves so capable that people begin to be willing that they should help a little which they seem disposed to do. They make first rate soldiers and I had rather have a dozen of them killed than to suffer that way myself. Everything seems to indicate that Abraham will be our next President for we are all convinced that he means right and all his prominent measures are very popular. He never steps backward. We still have Mr Mix to preach for us and people are as well satisfied as usual. Mr Torrey lies very low, his family have no hopes of his ever being much better

Miss Wheeler is just about as usual, able to be out some of the time but chiefly confined to her room. Miss Rebecca is spending the winter in Boston I believe I met one of your intimate friends this morning, one that -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- always enquires particularly"Antiquary Stevens," he seems to enjoy the best of health. There is some talk of building an immense hotel here next summer, one that will cost $200.000 but I am afraid the funds will not be forthcoming for the enterprise. Mr Pomeroy still lives and now thinks somebody ought to invent a machine to sharpen rasors as he finds it difficult to keep his in order. I believe I wrote you that Mr Brooks of N.Y. bought the Van Ness farm. Capt [Marrin] has bought the O Grady place. You used to write of the high price of fuel in Italy, we are almost up to you. Wood at $6.00 to $8.00 per cord, Coal at $10. to $12 per tin makes us feel quite fashionable here. White Sugar 20 cts Brown Sugar 16 cts Butter 30 cts a good pair of Pants $12.00c c "God save the rich the poor can beg." The new National Currency just begins to come around. It is very neat in appearance but the execution is not equal to the "Green box" as the Irishmen call them. The government currency has taken the lead of all others. The legal tender notes are hoarded as gold used to be by the Irish. No large amount of them can be got except by paying a small premium It looks now as if you would not get the things you have ordered before the 1st of April unless our book should be got out sooner. If as you say there are quotations in it from me, I shall expect my share of the profits arising from the sale of it. That is no more than right I think. Edward Symans Mother is to be buried tomorrow afternoon. I did not know that she was sick till I saw her death in the paper -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- Jan'y 28th The box has gone to Scribner There is in it 1 can Peaches 1 can Peas and a hoop skirt I believe beside the things you ordered. Sedgwicks 6th Corps the crack one of the army of the Potomac and also the largest, has just gone to Knoxville which means something. I have just seen in the papers that our forces have again been driven into that place by Longstreet who has been heavily reinforced

But I have no fears of the result for we are sure to beat them in the end

Yours c

A. G. Peirce

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