MARSH, George Perkins, 1801-1882


Guide to Research Collections

University of Vermont
Bailey/Howe Library Wilbur Collection
Burlington, VT
Papers: 1812-1929, 15 feet.
The papers of George P. Marsh include correspondence, diaries (1864-1882), notebooks (1834-1886), and published works relating to political issues, his diplomatic career, and his scholarly interests. Unpublished finding aid in repository.


Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 9 letters.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 official letter (November 22, 1846) in the Park Benjamin collection.
Finding aid in repository.

Papers: 4 official letters (March 20-May 31, 1849) in the Charles Stewart Davies collection.
Finding aid in repository.

Papers: In the Benjamin Park papers, 1645-1925, 6.5 linear feet.
Persons represented include George P. Marsh.


Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: 1835-1870, 1 box.
Letters written by George Perkins Marsh while a Congressman, some on political matters; letters describing journey to Turkey and tour of Palestine; letters (chiefly on personal matters) written as ambassador to Turkey (1850-1853); letter to George Ticknor on etymology; lecture on The justice and expediency of laws regulating trade.

Papers: In the Marsh Family of Woodstock, Vt., genealogical papers, 1849-1869, 19 items.
Correspondence and notes of Charles Marsh, relating to the genealogy of the descendents of John Marsh of Essex County, England, and Charles Marsh (1765-1849), of Woodstock, Vt. Includes 2 letters of Roswell Marsh commenting on Joseph Marsh’s participation in the Battle of Bennington.


Duke University
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Durham, NC
Papers: In the Peter Force papers, 1825-1856, 6 items.
The papers include a letter of introduction from George Perkins Marsh, 1849 September 5, on behalf of James Meacham, his successor as representative from Vermont.


Folger Shakespeare Library
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Autograph letters signed from George P. Marsh, Burlington, to Richard Grant White, 1860, 6 leaves.
Two letters dated March 13 and July 19 1860. Lengthy letters discussing the creation and reception of his Lectures (the host volume), the sale of White’s “Shakespeare,” American contributions to “the Dictionary,” Marsh’s attempts to write lectures with Mr. Coleridge on the subject of American authors, and orthographic debates between “the unanimous judgment of English and American scholarship on one side and the private interests of a knot of booksellers who have invested capital in lipogrammatic schoolbooks.”

Papers: 1861, 2 leaves.
An autograph letter signed from George P. Marsh, Burlington, to Richard Grant White [manuscript], 1861 April 4. In the letter, Marsh refers to his return of proofs and offers suggestions for changes. At the end of the letter, in White’s hand, a line from John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester’s “A satyr against marriage.”


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1851, 1 letter.
Letter of George Perkins Marsh written in 1851.

Papers: In the Letters of William Slade, 1845-1848, 4 items.
One letter (1845 Jan. 13) written by William Slade to George Perkins Marsh relating to education.


The Morgan Library
Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1844, 1 item.
A letter from George P. Marsh to Robert Wheeler written on December 12, 1844. In the letter, Marsh writes concerning a recommendation.

Papers: 1847, 1 item.
A letter from George P. Marsh to Henry Wheaton written on July 14, 1847.


Ohio History Connection
Columbus, OH
Papers: 1844, 1 item.
A letter from Daniel Putnam written to George P. Marsh regarding his “The Goths in New England,” a discourse delivered at the anniversary of the Philomathesian Society of Middlebury College, August 15, 1843. Putnam asks about the Marsh family and extends an invitation to visit.


Pennsylvania State University Libraries
Rare Books and Manuscripts
University Park, PA
Papers: 1868, 2 pages.
A letter from G.P. Marsh letter to Mrs. Gould written on August 3, 1868. In the letter, Marsh sends Mrs. Gould books and gives her his travel plans.


University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: 1846, 1 leaf.
A letter from Charles P. Marsh to Mr. Charles Lanman written on February 16, 1846. In the letter, Marsh responds to a request from Lanman, an artist, regarding western travel. Marsh recommends that Lanman accompany an emigration or hunting party or join an exploring expedition. He further suggests he try to join Captain Fremont’s next tour.


University of Chicago
Special Collections Research Center
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1860, 1 item.
A letter from L.E. Chittenden to Joseph H. Barrett, Cincinnati, Ohio, written on October 30, 1860. The letter concerns Chittenden’s endorsement of George P. Marsh for Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet.

Papers: 1875, 1 item.
A document attesting to Isabella Graham’s study and work in sculpture: manuscript, 1875 June 16. The document is signed. George P. Marsh certifies that Isabella Graham, while living in Florence, had “occupied herself in the study and practice of the art of sculpture in clay.”


University of Pennsylvania
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the Correspondence with Henry Charles Lea, 1870-1875, 9 leaves.
The collection includes eight letters from George P. Marsh, most concerning Henry Lea’s efforts to copy Inquisition documents in Florence, Italy; a calling card with a note from Francis Philip Nash, stating his willingness to copy documents for Lea; and one letter from Lea to Marsh.

Papers: In the Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1868-1869, 2 items.
Two letters: one dated 10 January 1868 in French to Julius Wolffsohn in Naples; and one dated 11 December 1869 in English to George Perkins Marsh, American Minister to Italy.


Vermont Historical Society
Montpelier, VT
Papers: 1840-1880. 2 inches.
Personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence and portraits. Finding aid in repository. Also correspondence in the Solomon Foot papers.

Papers: In the Franklin County, Vermont collection, 1797-1861, 1 folder.
Persons represented include George P. Marsh.