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Letter from THOMAS W. SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated May 3, 1858.

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Title: Letter from THOMAS W. SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated May 3, 1858.


  • Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from THOMAS W. SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated May 3, 1858., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 21, 2018)

Letter from THOMAS W. SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated May 3, 1858.

Transcribed by : Ellen Thomson and Ralph H. Orth

TEI mark-up by : James P. Tranowski andEllen Thomson

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Boston May 3..1858

My Friend Marsh,

I received a letter from you on Saturday morning in relation to the meeting of the Commissioners. As I had written you I presume the same night you heard from me, neither of us have it seems been idle. I have heard nothing as yet but presume Powers considers himself to be safe under his vine and fig tree. Richards is hard at it making drawings for interior work just the part I had left till I could have some good free conversations with you in regard to how we should finish it. Powers is a nonentity in the matter, and of course ought not to think of directing the work Probably R is first making sections amp;c. He can get up a good bill for services of the kind. Last Saturday I had the first report from him and his. A man came into my -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- office and said he had just come from a large lumber yard counting room and a master carpenter informed him that he had just come from Richard's office, and that R was to make new framing drawings amp;c. for a roof for the State House, that the roof I had drawn would not hold itself up. I of course considered this report to be just what we shall probably hear from him as he will as is always the case try his best to get authority to reject my drawings and make new ones. This will be policy and Powers not being able to tell whether they are good or bad will permit him to re-vamp all and every part as he desires. The more the better as it will be an argument against me. They criticised the dome last week and propose to amend that. If Richards can make Powers believe that he can better it, you may depend it will -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- be attempted. If they can get up a story that it would not as I have drawn it, look right when done, they will call themselves warranted in changing the shape. So help me higher powers than him if they lay the weight of their fingers on that I will publish them to the world I look more for a general re-vamping and amendments to all I have done. We must be on hand and do our whole duty at the proposed meeting. He has rejected all the bad stones and reformed in may respects but I am discarded. When he rejects, things I have condemned, he endorses me and if he was a man so far he would give me the credit. But he is not that and we must treat him as something else. After hearing the report in regard to the framing I felt indignant for I know if I know anything that that is some of the best work on the building. So good is it that some of our most experienced builders here having seen the drawings of the work urged me to publish it in my proposed book as examples of nice framing -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- it is now being engraved and I hope will be published in a few weeks. The stereotypeing is done and the work ready to print. I thought it proper to call on Richards and demand of him a cessation of reports of the kind, as it would greatly injure me and be of no benefit to him. I called but he was not in. Since that time I have let him alone. I was mortified to see there the Statue made by Mr. Mead. It has fallen into the hand of the Philistines but probably they will not dare do anything towards getting it made. I am glad we kept back the rest of the report. It will not be worth much after it has been there long. At best a thing so small except it be to this one who made it, (if he was to do the work) is of little value. A full line shaded drawing would probably to any one butMead answer as well. If you think they will dare attempt to get it made I would forbid it. They can do without it till September first if necessary. Any time before the scaffolding is taken away from the dome. I was never in better mood to work than now, and hope to aid you as best I am able.

Yours truly Thomas W. Silloway note:121 Court Street

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