Percy Griffin



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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison discussing the shipment of horses and suggestions on driving them.


My Dear Mr. Allison: I took it upon myself to purchase several things without consulting you—Mr. Lee sent a pair of old blankets and halters, which you need not return— but I did not think it best to ship the horses without additional covering so I bought a good pair of blankets & hoods— which will always be of service to you & I trust you think my move a right one— I doubt if we could have found a better man to take charge on the boat & I sincerely hope that he & the "cattle" have reached you in safety— He has taken horses over that route before & has lived in Richmond. In all events— I shall [word canceled] send you the items of expenses so that you may know I am thoroughly repaid by the pleasure I have had in doing this for you and may you like the horses as much as I hope you will—Trusting that you have forgiven me for meddling with your stable by adding to its stock & with kindest regards to Mrs. Allison— believe me Very sincerely, Percy Griffin 20 Nov. '93 This suggestion may not be necessary— but you might tell your coachman that Mr. Lee has driven the horses more frequently in the cheek rather than in the bar & they are accustomed to a light hand. & if you care to give the mare higher action you might put knee boots on her for a time— The horse is very good under saddle & I am told that the mare is about his equal in that respect. They have also been driven without checks— P. G. [ALS, Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, November 20, 1893. Envelope docketed: Nov. 20 1893 Shipment of horses & advice as to driving them.] [edited by JTK]

Personal Name Subject

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

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Coach horses -- Equipment and supplies; Coach horses -- Transportation; Coach horses -- Training


Richmond (Va)


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Original letter: Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, 1893 November 20, 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 20



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