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Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY, 1828-1910 to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 1, 1858.

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Title: Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY, 1828-1910 to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 1, 1858.


  • Silloway, Thomas William, 1828-1910


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882

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Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY, 1828-1910 to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 1, 1858., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 19, 2018)

Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY, 1828-1910 to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 1, 1858.

Transcribed by : Ellen Thomson and Ralph H. Orth

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

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Boston April 1..1858

Mr. Marsh.

I wrote you a letter a few days ago intimating facts in regard to the work to be done at Montpelier. I retained the letter for sometime after it was written thinking the doctor would come to Boston and that instead of the letter written, I could send to you such documents relating to the Statue as you had proposed and requested. He did not come and anticipating that you might think my not writing was in consequence of neglect on my part I sent the letter although bearing an old date. I have not seen him yet and hence am unable to furnish you with the specifications. As your report to the superintendent was comprised in part of a specification to be written by me nothing of course will be done by him till he has my writings. I -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- do not think he will venture to make any bargain for the statue till he has a proper and entire report from the Com. which will not be till I have sent him the specification proposed. This I shall withold untill other matters are adjusted. Mr. Mead, will if I have any influence in the matter have the statue to make. I took decided ground and so advised the doctor, which was to inform you that the money was at your disposal. Soon we shall have thinks definitely arranged, and I do hope as they ought to be. I am not yet prepared to say anything more than I have already said in relation to what is in my opinion necessary to be done at Montpelier. If I can succeed in making what shall seem to me to be proper arrangements with him I shall content myself with simply informing you of the result. If I cannot do this I shall give you in full a statement of affairs. I write you this letter as a confidential affair. I know of no more -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- proper course to pursue at the present moment. I beg leave to ask you a few questions, which I hope you will feel justified in answering. Taking the ground I did as we proposed in relation to the statue (when we were at the Tremont) also in relation to other things of like nature I find I cannot act to any purpose unless I act undestandingly. I will put my interrogations in an abbreviated form for the sake of directness and brevity. Did, or did not, the work and authority of the commissioners entirely cease when they make their report last April? Was it a fact or not, that inasmuch as they only filed a part of the drawings their work did not end, nor authority cease, but that their report anticipated a continuance of authority till all the working drawings were done, and the building completed? Has any act, empowered the superintendent to make or have made such working drawings (in design and style) as he pleases, and no one outside of him to criticize? Do not the commissioners still hold authority to act for all the work of the interior as much as they ever did for the simple elevations & plans? -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- (I know not that any one doubts this) If it should so happen that the one having charge of executing the work should (from ignorance of what should be done or otherwise) fail to produce the thing as it should be have the commissioners any power to interfere? Should the carpenter, the principal contractor and finaly each leading workman on the building declare that actual and direct advice from the architect daily was absolutely essential to enable them to do their work, and should the superintendent utterly refuse to furnish them with information except such as he gives at second hand together perhaps with occasional visits of the Architect. Is there any power to reach the case, or must the work be done as the superintendent says? I ask these question for information and that alone. Please give me your opinion confidentialy and I will thank you. Things are at a point where I must have the proper information or we all shall suffer. I am in hopes that I shall succeed in arranging things without trouble. If I can not I shall retire from the work, and abide the consequences. Please say nothing to the doctor lest he be disposed to think me seeking advice outside.

I am yours very truly

Thomas W. Silloway note:121 Court St.

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