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Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 27, 1858.

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Title: Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 27, 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 April 27, 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 WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 27, 1858.

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

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Montpelier Apr. 27..1858

My Friend Marsh

As Powers has arranged to go to Boston to-day there is some prospect that justice will be delayed. I am in hope that you and the rest will come as we had anticipated, and look the matter over. As it is now there is no head. He is in as one of the Trustees of that Rail Road, and a meeting being held the state work must till Monday care for itself. We needed him at the meeting but if it is be that the commissioners come as we arranged so be it. The work and not him is on trial. I can hardly bear to think that there is at this -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- important juncture to be a delay of a week. I am not sure there will be. Powers met Collamer in the Ins. Office yesterday and they talked an hour. By advice of you & Merrill I sent Powers a letter informing him of my opinion that I was still Archt. He wrote me back that I was not. I know I am. After he had talked with Collamer he chanced to meet me and we talked in the street an hour, he was remarkably pliable and scared. An impression has been made and we can conquer him provided we work vigorously, and do it just now. He begins to show signs of fear of you. Thank God for that. He now has begun to lie out of whole cloth. He tells me that -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- he never meant to put one of those old stones in the building. He has laid out much to fix them up and it is only my decided ground that has done a thing. I feel hurt when I think of his consumate meaness And then the most unkind cut of all is he says I told him to patch the columns. He has demanded off to show that to be true and says I once told him so verbaly. Suppose I did, (which is a lie from one end to the other) was he obliged to do it? I asked him that. He replied that he didn't mean to repair them to keep, only to show the commissioners. Is'nt that too palpable a lie to endure a moment? One would have been sufficient for that. He has cut all but one small piece -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- he now begins to talk about my mistakes amp;c. his endorsement of me c. in his report is a refutation of that. He says he didn't write that on the strength of what he knew but what you told him. The truth is he knows not what manner of [...] he is of. Please let me hear from you soon. I am waiting now for advice. He will go to Woodstock Saturday probably and get in with the Commissioners there. I do hope they will come here tonight. It is the work that is suffering He is now so pliable that if a good wholesale condemnation of his proceedings could go to him from the Com. I am pretty sure he would give up. You are the key stone of the arch. Keep in place and you will keep us all up. Think of the fact that from now till Monday night no man is directing the work. The Rail Road has his service. Please write to me immediately

Yours truly T. W. Silloway

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