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Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 30, 1858.

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Title: Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 30, 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 30, 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 April 30, 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 April 30..58

Mr Marsh. I started for Boston yesterday morning, on my arrival at Woodstock I saw Powers on the platform of the depot. He had returned from Boston. Thinking it entirely possible that he had availed himself of the postponement of the commissioners meeting and would attempt to fix the thing up with the other commissioners I thought I best to be on hand myself. I went down to the junctions and there hired a man to take me to Woodstock. This would give me a chance to see Judge Porter which I could not do if I went on the coach, & more than all I wished to go alone, rather than with him. I found the judge at home. He was sorry the meeting had been postponed. He was ready to go on and had made all his arrangements. His appointment fill up every day till the 17 of May, but he thinks he can -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- probably fix up something sooner than that. He says he never was so much engaged, and he thinks that if Powers is under employ of the State that he ought to be where he can be attended to especially in cases of the kind. The Judge is more ardent for the right than he has been before. He says he is willing to protest to the Gov. against Powers' proceedings. He will be with us. I found Mr. Williams at home and in town. He has gained enthusiasm likewise,--is ready to go up and will do all he can. He respects your opinions as much as Powers does not, and that is a good deal. Mr. Williams says keep the money of the Montpelier people out of his hands. W. is remarkably engaged, but we left the matter in this way he is to see Judge Porter, immediately They are to fix a day and inform you. I will be on hand if you will let me know the time. We talked nearly two hours. We sat in the dark on purpose to avoid callers. I was well satisfied with this interview, and think they can be able to do much good. My -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- idea is about this. If we do anything that can amount to much we shall have to work clean and to the point. Merrill says that we must not at all relax if we intend to conquer. Brown the foreman of Waltons' paper met him and asked him if it would harm Montpelier to publish the article. M. advised him to put it in without being at all alarmed. I think he is good for it. As yet I have of course heard nothing from Collamer. He probably had an interview with Powers here. I do not mean to be flattered into any sort of milk and water arrangements, but will insist on the terms I last wrote to you. I did not see P. at all in Woodstock, as I left at 10. A. M. Mr. W. assured me when I left him to hold me up and not let down one bar for Powers. P wrote a note to Williams informing him that he was going to Boston. Williams is at a loss to know how the article came in the Bellows' Falls Times. He thinks it smacks of Chapman -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- Tom and the Governor. He approves of the article in the Free Press. Probably you sent it to him. It was a mean thing in P. to employ any architect to carry out a design of the commissioners without even so much as consulting them. He may think he is [...] none. I think when the Com's have met they should demand of him to surrender the part that does not belong to him. If he does well and good If not then remonstrate against his proceeding with your designs, and ask for a reform if it is not immediately granted by the Gov. Then publish an address to the people, washing your hands from his abuses and abominations. That being done we can rest for a season. All this should take place before the 1st of June. The [...] will see to it that he is put far enough out of the way. I have fixed the work as well as I can to last till I return. I am encouraged by the interviews at Woodstock. And never felt more like working than I do now. A delay will be what P. desires, but it need not harm our cause. We will see to it that he does not slip through our hands. Hoping to hear soon from you that the day is appointed.

I am yours

T. W. Silloway note:121 Court St.

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