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Title: Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 2, 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 2, 1858., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 17, 2018)


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he will probably tell him and fearing to have the whole board here he will try to arest it. If he does, let it be done only on condition that he gives me full power to see the work properly done and he let my part of the work alone. I want nothing short of this. I to judge of materials, of all kinds, quantity and quality. To personally superintend the work, and more then all to have first class workmen to do each part of the work or the power to refuse to let them work. This last is important, as he is disposed to hire cheap men, whether they are fit or not. I am troubled now with this same evil and helpless for defense. If you have anything to do with a settlement of the difficulty insist upon these and such other incidentals as you may think neccessary. According to advice I sent him a letter informing him that I still considered myself as architect. He replied that he had verbaly accepted my resignation amp;c., would not accept any more service of any kind. Soon after he sent the letter he heard by Doct Dewey that you was to come with the rest, and he was scared. He went to the shop yesterday and told the master carpenter that if I came in there to take my advice amp;c. That I was not architect, but he was disposed to be fair and let me explain my own drawings. -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- I am therefore to-day April 28 explaining as architect, things to the workmen. Richards is hard at it in Boston getting up some kind of drawings, I know not what kind. Probably a big section that will cost a good round sum. He informed the doct that one was needed. I knew as much but was not of course ready to make it, till I knew what kind of stucco to make. All the drawings for the building are done with the exception of the stuccoing, and the stairs together with outside doors and galleries. The three first named we have no need of, for months, and need consultation. Richards is making them probably. I have finaly concluded to write to Mr. Williams and go directly home. The matter will then be in your hands. I have full confidence in your interest, and judgement to pledge myself as aid, I will copy on the rest of this sheet a certificate I got from Col. Sherman the original contractor for the old State House He lives in Plainfield, was in town yesterday. He dictated and Mr. Merrills clerk copied it off. He is willing to testify

Montpelier April 2d, '58

The undersigned being the master Builder at the construction of the State House in 1832, presents the following, as his convictions and opinions, regarding questions which have been made to me by Thomas W. Silloway, architect of the building that is now being erected. No man who is not familiar with drawings and the practical construction of buildings by experience is qualified to superintend the construction of a public edifice. If the work be constructed by such and the Architect who makes the drawings is not often present, -- as a general thing once in a day or two, mistakes must inevitably occur, and the building be unscientifically constructed. And further, that no Architect can reasonably expect to produce a building as designed, unless he be permitted to -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- personally superintend the construction of the work.

The above I give as my delibrete opinion, after an experience of thirty years in the construction of buildings. Three years of which was at the old State House under the superintendence of both Mr. Edgerton and the Architect Mr. Young.

Nath'l Sherman,,,

__________________________________________________________ The forgoing ought in my opinion to be proper authority and used as truth before is used the testimony of such architects as Powers in his time of commotion would be likely to fall in with.

Hoping to hear from you soon I am yours truly

Thomas W. silloway note:121 Court St note:(when at home)

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