Letter from GEORGE W. COLLAMER to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated April 26, 1858.
Hon G. P. Marsh D Sir
I this morning accidently met the D. in the Life In. Co office, and have had a long talk with him, in which he expressed surprise at your having been here, and he did not know it. He also express. anxiety to see, and explain, and disabuse your information on subjects connected with the State House
He says he has made an appointment and must be in Boston tomorrow (Tuesday evening), Will be gone the most of this week. Well, I thought I would let you know it. I think if the Commr. were here, , all things would be explained, and satisfactory explanations would be made to you, as well as others. I think I would not call the Commr. Here without a time agreed upon with the D. I am satisfied you can have all things your own way. He says he will be here all next week. You must judge what to do.
Yr with esteem G W. Collamer
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Dr. Thomas E. Powers, (1808-1876), of Woodstock, Vermont, was appointed by Governor Fletcher to be the Superintendent of Construction of the 1858-1860 project, to build a new State House in Montpelier to rebuild the structure burned in 1857. He and the architect, Thomas W. Silloway, were soon at loggerheads over their roles in the project. Powers became State Senator in 1861.
Governor Fletcher named three commissioners to oversee the construction of a new State House in Montpelier: Norman Williams, John Porter, and George Perkins Marsh. Dr. Thomas E. Powers was named the Superintendent of Construction.
George W. Collamer, (1803-1865) held several positions in Vermont state government.