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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison discussing the receipt of bids.


24 Mch .’94. James W. Allison: Dear Sir: We have received your letter of yesterday and also the bids— and are glad that Stowe & Nuckols are below Jenkins— and we feel confident that the estimates will eventually be satisfactory to you— and that deductions may be made without injuring the house— The estimate which you have made out is, with heating & plumbing included, $700.— less than Robinson's estimate which did not include them— The estimate which we have here for heating your house by steam as you wished it is $600. $350.— less than your figure— We have written to S. & N. giving them the estimate of $1300. F. O. B. [next word interlined with caret] Richmond for brownstone work— including all lintels & sills and told them to use it & figure on setting it— and see if that would not reduce their stone bid— Mr. Griffin will go down after you have found out about the points you are now looking up and we can then get matters into working shape— Shall we send you a blank form of contract to look over? We also Explained to S. & N. how to reduce the walls in case you asked them to estimate that way. It would not be best we think, to substitute granite for brownstone. S. & N. have undoubtedly made a very careful figure— Hoping to hear from you soon— we remain Very Truly Yours Griffin & Randall [ALS, Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, March 24, 1894, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 48 Exchange Place New York. Envelope docketed: Griffin & R. March 24. 1894 Announce receipt of bids Report heating bid 600. 00 All cut stone f.o.b. Richmond 1300.00 ] [edited by MMB and MRM]

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Allison, James W., 1833-1898 -- Correspondence

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Griffin & Randall -- Correspondence

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Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architects and builders; Architecture -- Details; Letting of contracts; Building -- Estimates -- Virginia -- Richmond; Heating; Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- Virginia -- Richmond

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Richmond (Va.) -- Historic houses, etc.; Richmond (Va.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.


Richmond (Va)


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Original letter: Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, 1894 March 24, James W. Allison papers, M 1, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, 1894 March 24



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