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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison discussing door "crashers" and "bumpers" and objections to running rain water into sewers.


Nov. 1st '94. James W. Allison Esq. Richmond. Va. Dear Sir, Your two favors of the 31st of Oct. received. "Crashers" are "bumpers" and can be put at back of pocket or on the door itself. They are however unnecessary and rarely used. In your case they can be put on the doors when they are hung (and the plaster will not be delayed by them. There must be a back to the pocket in any case. The objection to running rain water into the sewers generally comes from the city authorities rather than from clients or contractors. Unless the leaders are trapped the gases will eat out a gal. iron pipe as you know; but with traps, the advantages of having the soil flushed out are obvious. In many of our cities [final ies altered from y], it is against the law to allow rain water to run into the soil pipes and sewers, and for that reason we arranged for it in the other way. About the beginning of next week (Nov. 5th) Mr. Randall will move into his new offices 52 Broadway, where he will conduct his own as well as the business of the firm for the present. We will however write you in regard to that as soon as the offices are in condition. Perhaps you did not see in the papers that the Baltimore Music Hall was opened last night with an excellent concert and an audience of over three thousand. The acoustics seemed to be perfectly satisfactory which is a great relief to all concerned. Yours' truly Griffin & Randall [ALS, Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, November 1, 1894, on letterhead. Envelope docketed: G. & R. Nov. 1. 1894. "Crashers" are bumpers. Objections to running rain water into sewers. Offices will be removed to 52 Broadway.] [edited by MTD]

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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 -- New York (State) -- New York; Architectural offices -- New York (State) -- New York; Architecture -- Details; Rainwater; Doors

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


Richmond (Va)


letters (correspondence)

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Original letter: Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, 1894 November 1, 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 November 1



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