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Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated August 12, 1858.

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Title: Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated August 12, 1858.

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  • Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910

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  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated August 12, 1858., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., http://cdi.uvm.edu/collections/item/twsgpm580812 (accessed August 30, 2014)

Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated August 12, 1858.

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Boston Aug. 12..1858



My Friend

Marsh, I was at Mont. for nearly the whole of last week as you are aware, and a number of times met or passed Powers. Some times was with him on the roof of the building but not a word did I hear in regard to the dome or wrong figures, or in fact anything pertaining to it, but to - day Mr Richards writes to me saying that you wish him to consult me c. Of course I would not entertain the idea of a thing of the kind for I think I see through the transparency of the thing. I replied that I considered myself as architect of the building & did not recognize him as possesing any authority to interfere with my work that if information was need the Superintendent was the one to ask -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- for it, that I held myself in rediness at all times to render any service he might require or that the good of the work demanded, that if I was requested so to do I would furnish full sized drawings of the whole dome. I would strike it out full size. The foregoing is in accordance with the line of proceedure we marked out in the article I published. Mr. Merrill advised me to adhere to that. I furthermore informed R. that I was credibly informed that he freely circulated the report that I began the work at the State House but broke down and he was appointed in my stead, and if he made further proclamations of the kind I should consider it as a libel and would defend myself. He has of late busied himself in this manner and last week he nearly threw me out of work at Cambridge. A church in that city is to be remodeled and the committee had employed me to make drawings, they were -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- nearly completed when he went to the chairman of the committee and informed him that being a townsman he should have had the work, and that he was surprised that the committee had employed Silloway for he had entirely broken down on his job at Vermont and was not fit to be entrusted with any work. He made me much trouble at defense, and proves himself anew to be a worthless fellow. If there is any way to aid the work I am desirous of doing it, but I never will descend low enough to engage in work with such a fellow on work my own and already correctly drawn what the result will be I know not. They have tried to amend and to get you to endorse it, but up to now you have defeated them. The whole thing carries on the face of it a stupendous attempt to amend the original. Were it not so why do they trouble you? There are other things they have done without consulting you. The small interior domes over the stair ways they have ruined by that cross rod. The domes must be dispensed with -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- or the rods cut out. This amendment is as great as the dome (exterior) but not a bit was you consulted. They ment to do it on the sly and unawares get your endorsement, but for my timely visit to M. they would have got you there. All was struck out amp;c. The whole story is here Let Tom Powers do right and all will be as it should. The only proper way is for me to go to M. and strike that work out full size. I am out of patience with him to see his miserable trickery, to trouble you on this question, and those things you would not readily discover to do as he pleases. My principal consolation comes from the fact that you know him so well you will fight the thing through as you have so far so boldly and manfully done. We must not flinch at all but do this work through. Powers begins to show sines of relenting and may he relent more till he concludes to go to Woodstock and let things alone for which he has no knowledge or affinety. I took clean [...] by your, and Merrill's advice up to this day my hands are clean. I am ready to do my work, and to do it well but will play no second fiddle to either Powers or Richards. Storms are thickening about him and in spite of friends will soon break upon his head. yours very truly T. W. Silloway

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