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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison discussing possible a superintendent and workmen for the house.


19th Feby. ’94. James W. Allison Esqr. Dear Sir: Mr. Higham was recommended to us by Messrs. Carrere & Hastings— but further than that we know nothing about him— however we should not like to select anyone of whom you did not approve— Mr. J.W. Lee who expects to leave New York very soon to open an office in Richmond— has also been recommended to us as a very good man— and probably under the circumstances would be more satisfactory to you— as a superintendent— than Mr. Higham. We can explain the drawings very carefully to him before he goes to Richmond and and there he can give them out to the builders and answer any questions which they may care to ask— We are under the impression that Mr. Lee is a Richmond man— Perhaps you may know of him— The following men have been suggested to us and we understand that they are good workmen & also responsible. Do these names include the three men to whom you referred in your [next word interlined with caret] letter of Feby 16th. and are they acceptable to you Carpenter W.O. Burton. " Joseph M. Newell. Mason W.J. Westwood. " A.D. Moore. " G.W. Lambert. [line drawn across page] Do you care to see one of us before the estimates are handed in from the Richmond builders? Yours very truly Griffin & Randall `[ALS, Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, February 19, 1894, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 48 Exchange Place New York.] [edited by MT]

Personal Name Subject

Allison, James W., 1833-1898 -- Correspondence

Corporate Name Subject

Griffin & Randall -- Correspondence

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Architecture, Domestic -- Designs and plans; Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architects and builders

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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 Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, 1894 February 19, 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 February 19



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