Percy Griffin



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Personal Name Recipient

Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison discussing Griffin's differences with Mr. Randall.


28th Nov. ‘94 Dear Mr. Allison? I am not sure that I have made it clear to you that what I am really troubled about is the chance of injury to my professional reputation? I do not expect you to do anything Quixotic to help me in this or anything which your sense of justice may not approve, and I should not ask you to consider that matter further if I really thought that your own interest or even convenience were in danger of being sacrificed? Whatever our personal differences may be, the first duty of the members of our late firm toward you is to carry out our contract with you exactly as we made it? Consequently I should withdraw in Mr. R.'s favor, for your sake did I not feel confident that it is not essential to the works, at and from this stage, that the supervision should remain unchanged? I am sure that they could be proceeded with as much to your satisfaction as they are now progressing and without any more friction than is common to all construction as a structure nears completion? I have consulted an old friend, and member of the bar, as to what I may or ought to do, and I have concluded to send you his opinion, in which you are vaguely alluded to as "Mr. A." Very sincerely, Percy Griffin James W. Allison Esq. [ALS, Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, November 28, 1894, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 48 Exchange Place New York. Envelope docketed: ? Percy Griffin? Nov. 29. 189 [envelope damaged, last digit unreadable] Enclosing W.C. G. Kidders opinion on differences between himself and Mr. Randall as to completing my house.] [edited by LJP]

Personal Name Subject

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

Corporate Name Subject

Griffin & Randall -- Reorganization

Topical Subject

Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architects and builders -- New York (State) -- New York; Project management; Corporate reorganizations; Supervision; Reputation

Geographic Subject

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


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, 1894 November 28, 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, 1894 November 28



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