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Letter from L. L. GREENLEAF to ERASTUS FAIRBANKS, dated March 21, 1857.

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Title: Letter from L. L. GREENLEAF to ERASTUS FAIRBANKS, dated March 21, 1857.


  • Greenleaf, L. L.


  • Fairbanks, Erastus

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Letter from L. L. GREENLEAF to ERASTUS FAIRBANKS, dated March 21, 1857., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 24, 2018)

Letter from L. L. GREENLEAF to ERASTUS FAIRBANKS, dated March 21, 1857.

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Boston, March 21, 1857

Mr. Fairbanks, Dear Sir,

Mr. Towle, the Architect, has just called in to request me to make some inquires of you as one of the Commissioners for rebuilding the State House at Montpelier.

He says he understood at first that Mr. Silloway had been engaged as the Architect, but now learns that such is not yet the fact; and further learns that two or three parties in this city are making strenuous exertions for the -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- work. He would like very much indeed to get the work himself, and what he desires me to ascertain from you is, whether the matter is already so far settled that an application from him would not be listened to. He remembers that his price for making plans for your Court House, was regarded as rather high, and seems to be a little apprehensive that you may on that account have become somewhat prejudiced against him.

I ventured to express to him my opinion that he need have no apprehension upon that point, -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- for if his claims should be regarded by the commissioners as greater than those of others, you would not allow that matter, I presumed, to have any influence with you.

I told him, of course, that I know nothing of the matter, but would, as a favor to him, make the inquiry of you. He desires that you will, if you feel free to do so, just drop me a line by return mail; and if the field is clear he may then present his claims to the commissioners. He seems to feel himself abundantly qualified for the work. -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- Among other things, he states that he made the plans for the extension of the Mass. State House which were in the main adopted by the Legislature.

You will, I trust, excuse me for troubling you in this way, for under the circumstances I thought it would be proper for me to do so.

Yours cc.

L. L Greenleaf.

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