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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison discussing drawings and specifications.


Postmarked March 6th 1894 [written in a different hand] James W. Allison Esqr. Dear Sir: We have just received yr. letter of March 3rd and shall send a set of drawings & specifications to you by express today? We have always felt it best to have a “Clerk of the Works” upon a house such as yours, as you may infer from [next word interlined with a caret] our letters? and regret your decision? However as you do not wish to employ one, we shall carry the house through to the best of our ability? under the circumstances? and trust that the result may be satisfactory? It may be that our New York man’s estimate will be lower than the ones gotten in Richmond and should that be the result we shall be in close communication with him here. Kindly let us know so soon as you have familiarized yourself with the plans? and Mr. Griffin will take the [word canceled] remaining sets of drawings and specifications down to Richmond & go over them with the builders and with you? but should you not need further explanation we might defer our visit until after the Richmond estimates are handed in? We also hope that the work may be started as early as possible? not merely on your account? but that the masons may do their plastering before the excessive heat of the summer comes? Awaiting your reply we remain Very truly yours Griffin and Randall [ALS, Griffin and Randall to James W. Allison, March 6, 1894, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 48 Exchange Place New York] [edited by LJP]

Personal Name Subject

Allison, James W., 1833-1898 -- Correspondence; Griffin, Percy -- Travel -- Virginia -- Richmond

Corporate Name Subject

Griffin & Randall -- Correspondence

Topical Subject

Architecture, Domestic -- Designs and plans; Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architects and builders; Building -- Estimates -- Virginia -- Richmond

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


Richmond (Va)


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This material is in the public domain in the United States and thus is free of any copyright restriction. Acknowledgement of Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries as a source is requested.


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Original letter: Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, 1894 March 6, 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 6



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