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Letter from ALBERT G. PEIRCE to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated December 4, 1861.

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Title: Letter from ALBERT G. PEIRCE to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated December 4, 1861.


  • Peirce, Albert G.


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from ALBERT G. PEIRCE to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated December 4, 1861., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 16, 2018)

Letter from ALBERT G. PEIRCE to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated December 4, 1861.

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Burlington Dec 4th 1861

Geo P Marsh Esqr

Dr Sir

Your last of Nov 19th came last night, and as Father is now in Boston I will answer for him.

The books I will send tomorrow as you directed

Matters go on in this place after the old way, every body is scratching about to get a living and most of them succeed in keeping soul and body together.

The religious zeal of the two churches continues unabated. Our side have a new minister every Sunday, as usual. John Perry preached last week. Mr Partridge has been discharged at last and we live in hope of better things in the music lines.

Mr Willard & wife have been spending -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- some time here but will leave in a few days.

Pres't Pease has resigned his position in college and has accepted a call to preach in Rochester NY. Salary $2000. per annum.

His successor is not determined upon.

Mr O L Ballard was married to Mrs Randall (formerly Miss Seymour) a few weeks since.

Mr N Peck is to marry Miss Pitkin, (a sister of J S Adams wife) in a short time.

Col L B Platts Reg't Calvary has been in camp here for two months but leaves for the war on Tuesday next.

Geo Opdyke has been elected Mayor of N Y city, so the papers say.

Breckenridge the traitor has been expelled from the Senate.

Trumbull of Illinois and Fessenden of Maine have been appointed Regents of the Smithsonian Institute in place of Douglass, and Mason of Virginia

Congress has assembled and the -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- message and various reports are quite interesting

Secretary of War says we have 700,000 men in the field.

Recruiting is stopped except to fill old regiments. The capture of Mason and Slidell sent a thrill of joy through the whole nation. They are now in Fort Warren, Boston Harbor and will be kept there till they are sent to jail, as they have put northern prisoners in southern jails

You have doubtless heard of the capture of Port Royal and you may be prepared to hear of the capture of "Fort Pulaski" soon, and the fall of the city of Savannah. There has been a battle at Fort Pickens, with what result is not known except that hot shot from the Fort burnt the Navy Yard for the rebels.

Our fleet seem to be doing all there is done, while our immense army does nothing. Vermont has eight regiments in the field

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To "sum up" as lawyers say, I think our cause has begun to gain ground. The most surprising thing is the change of sentiment in the North in regard to slavery.

The Breckenridge democrats are now the most "blatant" abolitionists among us.

Even old Cambell & Rogers go in for freeing the slaves, putting arms into their hands and fighting out this thing to the death. Excuse me for addressing you so familiarly but in so doing I thought I might give you some news that your more "grandiloquent" correspondents would forget.
Remember us all to Mrs M, & Carrie and believe me

Yours Respectfully

A G Peirce

P S Have had no notion of going into the army. Snow all gone and weather mild and pleasant

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