Percy Griffin



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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison discussing the possible purchase of two horses.


Dear Mr. Allison: I have been to Southampton— have driven the horses and should buy the horses if I wanted them for my own use— but whether or not they would meet with your approval is quite another question— However I consider them, as I have told you— a very good pair— Of course— for twelve or fifteen hundred dollars you might do much better & again you might not. To recommend a sum to buy a pair of horses is assuming a good bit of responsibility— but in this case you quite well understand I am willing and glad to help you to get a good pair— Mr. Lee thoroughly understands the circumstances and leaves the matter entirely in my hands— To put it in the form of a proposition— he will sell you the pair for $500... in New York— You may take them on trial and if they please you— send him a cheque for them— but if you have the feeling that they are not what you want you may keep them until spring and return them to him with no further expense to you than the cost of transportation— This arrangement [word canceled] puts you & me in a position which makes us perfectly fair— By sending the horses to Richmond Mr. Lee closes his stable at Southampton and could not receive them if returned at once and would therefore rather have you use them thro. the winter than have them put back in his hands at once—This seems perfectly fair as their use would repay you for the journey down & back (freight)— Would not the O.S. be the best route? Pray do not consider that because you have gone as far as this, that you cannot [next word interlined with a caret] decline this offer— but on the other hand— I shall be most happy to attend to their shipment for you— Very sincerely Percy Griffin 9 Nov 93 James W. Allison Esqr. Richmond [ALS, Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, November 9, 1893, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 48 Exchange Place New York. Envelope docketed: Proposal for sale of horses - Nov 9 1893. {Another hand has scrawled: Horses}] [edited by JTK]

Personal Name Subject

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

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Coach horses -- Purchasing


Richmond (Va)


letters (correspondence)

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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 Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, 1893 November 9, James W. Allison papers, M 1, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, 1893 November 9



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