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Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated December 22, 1858.

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Title: Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated December 22, 1858.


  • Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated December 22, 1858., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 23, 2018)

Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated December 22, 1858.

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Boston Dec. 22..1858

Mr. Marsh

Your letter bearing date the 21st. came to hand yesterday. The contents did not much surprise me for I have looked for a like issue. Just what they will do, as yet, I know not. Probably, having the [...] of P. before their eyes they will bow down and worship. Mr. Merrill of M. appears to stand up well. A letter from Mr. Gunnison informs me that P. is about there. That he refuses to go on till $50,000 is raised, that the opinion there is, (how got I know not) that he cannot be removed by the Gov. A foolish decision. No matter how [...]ish or wrong he may be, no power to interfere. It is all a sham and a lie. They hate him much, but fear him more. They are getting into hot water very fast. Their best friends are forsaking them. The Caledonian of the 18th, hits them a large lick, Windham speaks through Bellows Falls Times this week. In my opinion just the easiest thing they will do will be -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- to raise that money. They think it hard. The things they will probably buy with it, will be as troublesome a thing as was the elephant to the boy who drew him in a lottery. I had rather raise the money than expend it for such things as they will and have them fixed as part and parcel of the State Capitol. Those low cornices and botched ceilings will be mean enough to say nothing of bad stairs c. The men are already at work putting up the iron stairs. The new ones are according to Richard's drawings. Mine was to sweep out at the top some ways into the building towards the front side. They have put a girder straight across and rob the stairs that much, some thing like this

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They put the stairs entirely back of this new girders and the consequence is the whole is jammed and cramped. I am in -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- a degree yet identified as architect and if anything grossly wrong is done in the end it will be partly laid to me. Just the day I learn that he is at work again with money furnished by them, I shall come out in the paper and declare that I am hence forward not responsible for anything that may be done. This I must do as self defense. I have up to now done my best for them all and it is quite time I said a word for myself. I cannot here refrain from say that never from first to last have I considered you as anything but a friend of Mont. They ought to have considered you as one of their best friends, for surely you of all others have befriended them, and they have no reason to even imagine that you have said a word to aid any opponent. I think we all shall be doing best to wait patiently a week or two more. I have an article somewhere. -- I know not where, refuting the scandal in Boyce' paper of two weeks ago. Have you seen the paper I refer to? If I am not held in too hard I shall show Tom and his evidence up, and then leave -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- him to himself. Reports say he is to put out a pamphlet.

The men went up to put in the steam works Friday. Talk was had about the basement. They concluded to stay their hand and use that miserable old shed. Set men to clearing it out. Employed Camp to have the boiler up. Found out the shed was too small. Couldn't build new this year. Abandoned all till next Spring, and are to use stoves. Chimney is therefore very temporary. Never used. Cost $1000. I hope to hear from Bradley soon. If anything of importance comes along you shall hear of it.

I am yours truly

Thomas W. Silloway

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