Percy Griffin



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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison discussing the condition of the horses and progress of the house plans.


Percy Griffin to James W. 29 November '93 My dear Mr. Allison: I was very much surprised after reading your Veterinary's cert. which you were good enough to enclose with yr. letter of yesterday— for I believed the horses sound— not the most perfect of [next word illegible] perhaps— but all that one might ask for— still I am not a Vet. and am going on what might be called rather scanty knowledge, by those who "know"— Never have I seen either gelding or mare knuckle and doubt if they do— I should say that his knees are perfectly strong, and after having Bishop's opinion of the pair I felt doubly satisfied in sending them to you— May I ask if "Harbaugh" deals in horses & whether or not he knows the man who tried to sell you a pair when I was in Richmond— I am glad you, like the horses & that your coachman approves— The last thing that Mr. Lee would want you to do— would be to take the pair if you are not satisfied with them. I asked him to lunch with me today & we talked the matter over; & he insists that you must give the horses any trial you like and feel perfectly free to take them or not. I know he never would have shipped them to you had he thought them unsound. Nothing better than a fair trial will prove what they are and I hope you will give them it & be in no haste to make your decision either way— There are Vets. & Vets. & this one may be wrong— The fact that yr. coachman likes the horses will [will canceled] make it interesting for him to find out their good & bad points— I can imagine how swell he looks driving them—Mr. Lee suggested writing to you and I very glad that he has sent you a note—I received your cheque for $20. & thought I had acknowledged it,— pardon my thoughtlessness. I trust you will let us hear from you soon again about them. We are now laying out your house at 1/4" scale and so soon as the drawings are finished I shall go down to Richmond as you suggest and talk it over with you. This will be fare more satisfactory than sending down any more 1/8 scale plans, & in this way you will be able to get a better idea of the entire scheme & at the same time if you want any changes— it will not be too late to make them— The plans will work out very satisfactory according to yr. last suggestions on [letter canceled] #3. With kindest regards to Mrs. Allison I am always Very sincerely yrs. Percy Griffin [ALS, Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, 29 November 1893, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 48 Exchange Place New York.] [edited by JTK] Allison, November 29, 1893

Personal Name Subject

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

Topical Subject

Coach horses -- Health; Architecture, Domestic -- Designs and plans; Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond; Payment

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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 Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, 1893, November 29, 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 29



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