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Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated November 12, 1857.

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Title: Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated November 12, 1857.

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  • Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910

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  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated November 12, 1857., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., http://cdi.uvm.edu/collections/item/twsgpm571112 (accessed July 23, 2014)

Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated November 12, 1857.

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 Nov. 12..1857



My Friend Marsh I have neglected to answer your last letter thinking that a delay might present something new in relation to the windows for the dome drum. I have examined many works on the Grecian Ionic but in none of them can I find information that is official in regard to the windows of the Erecthium as originally built. I have however made up my mind on one thing and that is, that from a very early day the E. has had actual windows, and not simply mouldings on the outside with [...], and in addition to this the lights were lozenge shape and had an actual sash. I will not trouble you with translation c. but will state that Ferguson whom I before quoted is well sustained by every official author I have consulted. I transcribed from Inwoods work (at the Athenaeum) a plan of the window and a few of the remarks. I will send them to you with this. I am of the opinion that inasmuch as all who have ever looked at a specimen of Classical Ionic having windows associated with it a propriety in Lozenge shaped lights that to put square ones would mar our work. They will look tame and lack character If I put windows of any kind between Ionic cap of course I must in a degree follow the Erechthium for that is our only example. And if that be followed at all we should make the window finish [...] at the bottom of this be done then to put in square glass I think will look bad. However you must consider and [...]. We need not hurry for the sash will not be made till next season. The Legislature have given us an appropriation as you know of $[3]0,000. This will keep the thing -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- along very well. Every thing up to now is about as it should be. The Doc't did well to stop the work just the day he did and he has my hearty support in so doing. Considering just were we were he could do no better. I had hoped that the wings at least would have had the roof but it could not be. All is properly covered in for the winter and the carpenter will continue to get out [...] for the dome ready to put up in the spring. No delay will occur. At any rate there is need of more. I am very much gratified to think you are the Commissioner for the rail roads c.

I am yours very truly

Thomas W. Silloway note:121 Court St.

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