Percy Griffin



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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison discussing the possibility of arbitration with Mr. Randall.


My dear "Mr. A." I have yours of the 4th December. Of course I recognize the fact that this is a professional rather than a legal difference. In nine cases out of [of canceled] ten you would not be drawn into the matter at all— I am heartily sorry that this is the tenth case— My objection to arbitration has been largely that you would necessarily be asked to testify— Your very kind offer meets this objection. There is another objection, namely, that the arbitrators may not give me the relief I want. They may— I think they will— criticize my friend on the other side and tell him what he ought to do— They may go further and tell you what they think you ought to do— But, after all since both partners are ready to perform and you have the undoubted right to call upon either and since the two no longer pull in harmony, it would be a natural thing for the arbitrators, as between you and the late firm, to ask you to pick out your performer— and this brings us back where we started— However such a decision might simplify the matter and I can see that this is the way in which the subject presents itself to your mind— Therefore I shall talk to Mr. Randall on the subject of an arbitration— Should he refuse I shall notify you at once as to what else— if anything— I think ought to be done— I am not seeking to attack Mr. R.— you know— but merely to protect myself from him— If he could write letters such as that to you over our firm signature he might do me harm in other ways— Still I am sensible of your kindness in the matter and I do not mean to involve you further, if I can possibly help it, and I feel confident that your interest will be protected, whatever the issue of the rumpus between Mr. R and me. I am very sorry to have missed the Cotillon and remain Very Sincerely Percy Griffin 10th Dec. '94 James W. Allison, Esqr [ALS, Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, December 10,1894, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 48 Exchange Place, New York] [Edited by SS]

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; Arbitration and award; Project management; Corporate reorganizations

Geographic Subject

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


Richmond (Va)


letters (correspondence)

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text; archives


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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 December 10, 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 December 10



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