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Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated March 26, 1858.

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Title: Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated March 26, 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 March 26, 1858., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 18, 2018)

Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated March 26, 1858.

Transcribed by : Ellen Thomson and Ralph H. Orth

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

Published by: University of Vermont. All rights reserved.

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Boston March 26..1858

Mr Marsh

Your letter of the 22d. inst. was duly received. In relation to the statue I will say that I had a long and definite talk with the doctor soon after I saw you. He was here for some days. I did not hesitate to inform him of your desires and my opinion. I am not able to-day to write you anything definite in regard to the matter. Things at the capitol are in my opinion at a point where specific and particular action is needed. I have lately unqualifiedly informed him of what the good of the state and the success of our enterprise demands. I know not what will be the result. As soon as I am informed in the matter at issue, you shall be notified. During the past year the nature of the work has enabled him to get along comparatively well. I have written him over four hundred letter comprising nearly twelve hundred pages. The work for the year to come is entirely different -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- and I am entirely convinced of the impropriety of attempting the task of doing by a pen what should be done in person and at the place itself. I have for weeks and monthes, thought the matter over and have at last concluded to speak my mind and abide the consequences. If I am permitted to do what I ought to do I will do it with a hearty good will and for doing it I want a living remuneration. If I am not, I shall insist on the acceptation of my resignation, as the commissioners in adopting the design only adopted in in anticipation of my making the details, and doing my part towards carrying the work into execution, I shall in the event of my retirement furnish you as chairman with a full report of my correspondence on the question, with the replies of the Superintendent together with the written opinions of the contractors. I feel the responsibility that rests upon me and will not remain one moment in a position in which the conditions will so fetter me as to injure the work I am to do. At the Capitol each of us have distinct work to do and each should be free to do it without interference with the other. I am expecting the doctor here very soon (perhaps to-day) after talking with him I will write to you. Please consider this letter as confidential, as no good can come of making it public.

I am yours truly

Thomas W. Silloway note:121 Court St.

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