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George Perkins Marsh Online Research Center

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The George Perkins Marsh Research Center provides access to transcriptions and images of selected letters in Marsh's correspondence. With a generous grant from the Woodstock Foundation we have transcribed over 650 letters from the University manuscript collection and from Marsh's letters located at other institutions.

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Time Period Covered: 1812-1929 

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Selected Published Works
Rebuilding the Vermont State House (1857-1859)
G. P. Marsh - Thomas W. Silloway Correspondence
G. P. Marsh - S. F. Baird Correspondence
State House Statues by L. G. Mead, Jr.

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George Perkins Marsh Collection

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The initial collection of George Perkins Marsh Papers came to the University of Vermont through donations made by Caroline Crane Marsh in the late 1880's and has had material material added from many sources since. It now consists of eighteen cartons, with material dating from 1812 to 1929. The largest part of the collection, Marsh's own papers, have been arranged in the following order: correspondence; diaries, notebooks; printed material; and notes, lists, and miscellaneous manuscripts and memorabilia. The correspondence consists primarily of incoming letters, with some copies of outgoing correspondence. Prominent persons represented in this section include: Spencer Baird; George Bancroft; Frederick Billings; Rufus Choate; Henry Clay; Giuseppe Garibaldi; Ulysses S. Grant; Asa Gray; Arnold Guyot; Joseph Henry; Andrew Johnson; Charles C. Jewett; Justin S. Morrill; Carl Christian Rafn; and Frederick Wislizenus. Diaries date from the period 1864-82, while the notebooks range over such topics as English and foreign languages, scrapbooks, visiting lists and address books and natural history. The printed items are largely copies of Marsh's own writings, from The Camel (1856) to Man and Nature (1864). The last section consists of loose notes taken by Marsh for his writings, notecards and bibliographical lists of books in the Marsh library that Frederick Billings purchased for the University of Vermont after Marsh's death, miscellaneous manuscripts and various memorabilia such as medals, diplomatic pouches and certificates of award.

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Published:  November 26, 2008,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

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Title:   Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated November 18, 1858.

Creator:  Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910

Date:  1858-11-18

Resource type:   letter

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    Title:   Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated November 26, 1857.

    Creator:  Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910

    Date:  1857-11-26

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      Title:   Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated November 5, 1858.

      Creator:  Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910

      Date:  1858-11-05

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        Title:   Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated October 10, 1857.

        Creator:  Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910

        Date:  1857-10-10

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          Title:   Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated October 15, 1857.

          Creator:  Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910

          Date:  1857-10-15

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            Title:   Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated October 2, 1857.

            Creator:  Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910

            Date:  1857-10-02

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              Title:   Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated October 6, 1858.

              Creator:  Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910

              Date:  1858-10-06

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                Title:   Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated October 7, 1857.

                Creator:  Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910

                Date:  1857-10-07

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                  Title:   Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated September 12, 1857.

                  Creator:  Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910

                  Date:  1857-09-12

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                    Title:   Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated September 15, 1858.

                    Creator:  Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910

                    Date:  1858-09-15

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                      Title:   Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to NORMAN WILLIAMS, dated September 23, 1857.

                      Creator:  Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910

                      Date:  1857-09-23

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                        Title:   Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY, 1828-1910 to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 1, 1858.

                        Creator:  Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910

                        Date:  1858-04-01

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                          Title:   Letter from WILLIAM GOODHUE SHAW to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 10, 1858.

                          Creator:  Shaw, William Goodhue

                          Date:  1858-04-10

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                            Title:   Letter from WILLIAM GOODHUE SHAW to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated January 20, 1858.

                            Creator:  Shaw, William Goodhue

                            Date:  1858-01-20

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                              Title:   Letter from WILLIAM GOODHUE SHAW to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated March 11, 1857.

                              Creator:  Shaw, William Goodhue

                              Date:  1857-03-11

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                                Title:   Letter from WILLIAM GOODHUE SHAW to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated October 12, 1857.

                                Creator:  Shaw, William Goodhue

                                Date:  1857-10-12

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                                  Title:   Letter from WILLIAM WESTON to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated July 25, 1848.

                                  Creator:  Weston, William

                                  Date:  1848-07-25

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                                    Title:   Letter fromGEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated April 18, 1864.

                                    Creator:  Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

                                    Date:  1864-04-18

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                                      Title:   MAN AND NATURE; or PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY, AS MODIFIED BY HUMAN ACTION

                                      Creator:  Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

                                      Date:  1864-07-25

                                      Resource type:   article

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                                        Title:   Report on the Artificial Propagation of Fish

                                        Creator:  Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

                                        Date:  1857-02-27

                                        Resource type:   government publication

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                                          Title:   Selected Published Works

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                                            Title:   Silloway's Statement of Facts

                                            Date:  1859

                                            Resource type:   government publication

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                                              Title:   Speech of Mr. Marsh, of Vermont, on the Bill for Establishing The Smithsonian Institution

                                              Creator:  Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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                                                Title:   State House Statues by L. G. Mead, Jr.

                                                Larkin Goldsmith Mead, Jr. (1835-1910), was a prominent American sculptor in the nineteenth century. The son of a successful attorney, Mead grew up in Brattleboro and at the age of eighteen went to work as a studio assistant to the sculptor Henry Kirke Brown of New York City. He first drew national attention when in 1856, on New Year's Eve, he and some friends surprised Brattleboro residents by creating an eight foot snow statue called "Snow Angel." The incident was reported in the national press and immortalized by James Russell Lowell in his poem "A Good Word for Winter."While still a young man, Mead was chosen to design "Agriculture," a monumental female figure, to top the Vermont State House dome. As these letters show, Mead conferred with George Perkins Marsh, one of the three State House Commissioners, about the design and symbols for the figure. In sending Marsh three alternate sketches he wrote, "I wish you would inform me what you think will be the most proper design, for I should prize your opinion more than any ones else from your thorough experience in all pertaining to Art.Responding to Marsh's suggestions, Mead produced a more finished drawing: "Your letter was received this morning and I have made a sketch, trying to introduce proper symbols of Agriculture. Also the scroll (or Laws)."Johann Henkel, a German-born woodcarver living in Brattleboro, carved the original statue in pine. By 1938 "Agriculture", now badly decayed, was replaced by a copy.In 1858 Mead also submitted a design for a statue of Ethan Allen to be placed at Allen's grave in the Green Mount Cemetery in Burlington. In a letter to John N. Pomeroy of Burlington, head of the Statuary Commission, Mead included a drawing of the figure representing Allen demanding the surrender of Fort Ticonderoga "in the name of the Continental Congress and the Great Jehovah." At the time, Burlington residents were unable to raise enough money to pay for the monument, but the Legislature appropriated the necessary funds in 1859 and it was installed on the State House portico in 1861. A replica of the original took its place in 1941.In addition to his work at the Vermont State House, Mead is best known for the series of figures he designed for the Lincoln Memorial in Springfield, Illinois. A variation of his "Ethan Allen" is in Statuary Hall in the Capitol at Washington, D.C. In 1862 Mead emigrated to Florence, Italy where he became a permanent member of the American expatriate community.

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                                                  Title:   Vermont Capitol and the Star-Chamber

                                                  Creator:  Powers, Hiram, 1805-1873

                                                  Date:  1858

                                                  Resource type:   government publication

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