Letter from Edmund Harding to Historic Bath Commission



Mrs. Fred W. Morrison, V-Chm.

Mrs. Wilton Smith, Secretary

James A Stenhouse

Consulting Architect

Edmund H. Harding, Chm., Box 2, Washington, N. C.

Dan M. Paul, Finance Officer, Box 10065, Cameron Village, Raleigh, N. C.

Washington, N.C.

July 30, 1960

To All Members of the Committee

of Fifty and

Members of Historic Bath Commission.


You are aware of course that the modern composition roof on the Marsh House must be replaced with a shingle roof in keeping with the period of the house. We must raise the money to pay f or [sic] it.

The Washington High School Band and its Director Jimmy Larkin, have kindly offered to give a Band Concert in Bath on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 10th at five o'clock.

The admission or donation to the concert will be 10 shingles or 50?. Each ticket will be good for valuable prizes to be given away and the winner does not have to be present to win. The donation you make is also deductible from State and Federal taxes.

Enclosed is a book of twenty tickets $10.00 or 200 shingles. We need 40,000 shingles to cover the house.

It will be easy for you to sell these tickets for this cause, or buy them yourself. Fill in the name on the coupon-make check payable to Beaufort County Historical Society and mail in the enclosed, self addressed envelope.

Many thanks for your usual fine help.


[Signature] Edmund H Harding

Edmund H. Harding, Chm.




W. Harold Butt

Charleston, S. C.

Edmund H. Harding

Washington, N. C.

Grayson Harding

Edenton, N. C.

Mrs. Ernest S. Ives

Southern Pines, N. C.

Mrs. Edmund T. Knott

Washington, N. C.

Mrs. John W. Labouisse

Durham, N. C.

Mrs. Fred W. Morrison

Washington, D. C.

Rev. A. C. D. Noe

Bath, N. C.

Mrs. Oscar F. Smith

Norfolk, Virginia

Mrs. Wilton Smith

Bath, N. C.

Hon. B. A. Brooks

Mayor, Bath, N. C.

Dan M. Paul

Raleigh, N. C.

Mrs. Mary Fowle Sterns

Raleigh, N. C.

Mrs. Rachel Tankard

Bath, N. C.

Hon. Lindsay C. Warren

Washington, N. C.

Hon. Wayland J. Sermons

Washington, N. C.

Dr. Christopher Crittenden

Raleigh, N. C.

Hon. Sam Moore, Chm.

Beaufort County Com.

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Mrs. Charles A. Cannon Concord, N. C.

Mrs. Luther H. Hodges Raleigh, N. C.

Mr. Carl Goerch Raleigh, N. C.

Mr. E. K. Willis Concord, N. C.

Mrs. Harry McMullan Washington, N. C.

Mrs. F. S. Worthy Washington, N. C.

Hon. Herbert C. Bonner Washington, N. C.

Hon. Everett Jordan Saxapahaw, N. C.

Hon. D. L. Ward New Bern, N. C.

Mrs. Inglis Fletcher Edenton, N. C.

Mrs. Claud Venters Bath, N. C.

Mr. O. J. Gaylord Bath, N. C.

Mr. Donald Carrow Bath, N. C.

Rev. Stanleigh Jenkins Washington, N. C.

Mr. Jamie Archbell Bath, N. C.

Mr. John Whalen Bath, N. C.

Mrs. John A. Tankard Norfolk, Va.

Mr. William B. Midyette Bath, N. C.

Mr. J. A. Beasley Norfolk, Va.

Mr. Leslie Taylor West Palm Beach, Fla.

Dr. W. T. Ralph Belhaven, N. C.

Mrs. Scott Topping Pantego, N. C.

Mrs. W. C. Olsen Raleigh, N. C.

Mrs. Jack Price Raleigh, N. C.

Mrs. Sam Clark Tarboro, N. C.

Mrs. J. O. Talley Fayetteville, N. C.

Rear Admiral W. W. Studdert Midland, Texas

Mr. Sam Tarlton Raleigh, N. C.

Hon. William B. Rodman Raleigh, N. C.

Rt. Rev. Thomas H. Wright, D.D. Wilmington, N. C.

Mrs. J. L. McLaurin Bath, N. C.

Mr. Raymond Taylor Washington, N. C.

Dr. Herbert Paschal Greenville, N. C.

Mr. Joseph Jett Norfolk, Va.

Col. C. Wingate Reed Washington, N. C.

Mrs. T. A. Brooks Washington, N. C.

Bishop Paul N. Garber Richmond, Va.

Mr. Aycock Brown Manteo, N. C.

Mrs. Stuart Gaul Charlotte, N. C.

Mrs. Emitt Winslow Hertford, N. C.

Mr. Robert A. Fowle Washington, N. C.

Mr. Ashley Futrell Washington, N. C.

Mr. Lemuel Blades, Jr. Elizabeth City, N. C.

Mr. Frank Horton Winston-Salem, N. C.

Dr. John B. Bonner Aurora, N. C.

Mrs. William McLean Washington, N. C.

Miss Nominia McCrea Asheville, N. C.

Mrs. Pratt Thomas Columbus, Mississippi

Mrs. G. W. Marsh Bath, N. C.

Mr. James S. Hill Washington, N. C.

Letter from Edmund Harding to Historic Bath Commission
Letter from Edmund H. Harding to members of the Historic Bath Commission. Edmund H. Harding was appointed chair of the Historic Bath Commission when it was created by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1959. By 1960, work was well under way to restore the Palmer-Marsh house, and in this letter to the commission and its ancillary group, The Chairman's Group of Fifty, Harding outlines plans for a benefit concert to raise money to reshingle the Palmer-Marsh house roof.
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