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Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 14, 1858.

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Title: Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 14, 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 14, 1858., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 22, 2018)

Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 14, 1858.

Transcribed by : Ellen Thomson and Ralph H. Orth

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

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Boston Apr. 14..1858

Mr. Marsh.

The doctor arrived in Boston yesterday, and booked his name at the Quincy House (where I board) He usualy stops here. As yet I have not seen him, but presume I shall soon. I wrote to you from Montpelier or somewhere on the way home, in regard to an architect by the name of Richards who was at M. at the time the commissioners were deciding in regard to the design. If you remember Chapman down at Cavendish or Procter'sville was employed by Richards to work for him with the people of the town. I suspected that Powers would flee to him for refuge in the event that I did not side with and for him. He wrote a letter to Chapman as I wrote to you and sent it down in the same train that I went in. My opinion was that thinking he could no longer use me, he had written to Chapman to get him -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- to get Richards into the ring again. My opinion is strengthed to-night for a C. H. Chapman of Cavendish has booked his name. If it is the same one I think that Richards is to be put on the course to run a race at the State's expense. However I do not flinch from duty and shall stick by the ship. I thought I would inform you of this as you might wish to know it. This same Richards went up to Montpelier with letters of introduction from eminent men here, stating that he was a great man, and Chairman of the board of commissioners for remodelling our State House. This is true but in an extremely qualified sense. I have in my possesion the printed reports of the -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- Commissioners, which states that the roof would be ready to put on such a day. This board Richards was not on. He got in by aid of political friends, but not till the roof was completed, put on, and but little to do with the exception of grading. The finish is cast iron and was all drawn and being executed long before he was ever head of. I have the printed documents to substantiate what I say. The letters call Richards the Chairman of the Com, but takes entire care to withold the fact that he had nothing to do but clean up c. Powers is probably getting in to a trap, which will hold him tight. God keep him out of new trouble for it would seem he is in enough now. I hope to know more tomorrow and may write you again. I am in a hard place but with proper aid can do much.

I am yours truly

T. W. Silloway

P.S. I am not positive in regard to Chapman's visit

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