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Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated December 1, 1858.

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Title: Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated December 1, 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 December 1, 1858., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 21, 2018)

Letter from THOMAS WILLIAM SILLOWAY to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated December 1, 1858.

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Boston Dec. 1..1858

Mr. Marsh

Dear Sir your letter of the 29th. came to hand this A.M. It was gladly received for I felt anxious to know that you had heard from me. I wanted you to know how things were going as I knew you would wish for the information Powers went down to Woodstock on Saturday last to stay till Friday next. He was very busy in informing all about him that the committee was packed cc. I came down in the same train and was at times near him. He is down and cannot rise again. All the men are discharged and the work stopped. I am keeping Mr. Gunnison along for the present so that we may have him if we desire. I had heard nothing from M. since I left till yesterday when Merrill wrote to me saying -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- that an agitation existed in regard to the Mont. people fixing the house for the next session. He says they regret that Tom is not out of the way c. Merrill asks me for an estimate for getting the thing ready doing it well as far as we go of course but leaving undone all we reasonably can. I had written him but not sent the letter. The estimate was not completed I informed him that Tom must be removed before we do a thing. The Gov. has the best of reasons now for clearing him out. My committee's report make it in a degree imperative. They had an act in for the appointment of 3 commissioners one of whom should be an architect. Said commissioners to supersede the Supt. cc. Had time permitted, and an appropriation been made the act would have gone through by a big majority. I think if the Gov is informed that -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- it is the desire and intention of Mont. people to put the house in order, that they fear to put Tom in to work for them and ask him for the commission that my committee advised, he will not dare refuse their request. If I have anything to do with the thing I want my proper place. You must be at the head of the board. I have proposed that Mr. Sears of Bennington one of my committee be the third man. He is a man 50 years old, a practical master builder a valuable man for us to work with. His experience will be of much service. I think to work him in will aid the Gov. And that it would help the Mont. people amazingly. I spoke to Sears & he would like the place I think. He was the Rep. this year from Ben. My idea is the Mont. people must go on with the work. They know it and dare not start without yours approval. Merrill told me you would -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- be consulted by them. They are desirous of doing the best thing they can. I have heard it suggested that Roderick Richardson of Mont. would be a good man to have charge of the work cc. He has had the charge of building the school house in M. He must be kept out and in fact any and every Mont. Man. They need to be clear of responsibility if they would be free next fall. I know not that they speak of Richardson. It may be outside talk. If anything is done it must be done soon. No time can we lose. A world of work has been done when we have obtained the report of my committee. Get Tom out of the way and we could soon get well under way. My work here opens good and I have a good prospect for the year but will sacrifice for them if they will avail themselves of my good intentions. I think we shall hear from them soon

Yours truly

Thomas W. Silloway
121 Court St.

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