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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison discussing finishes and issues with paint defects.


James W. Allison Esq. Richmond. Dear Sir, Your’s of the 4th and of the 5th received. We have written to Peters about the finishing of wood-work in your house and returned the sample for staining of Mahogany color for Black Walnut trim &c. Mr. Randall will be in Richmond in about two weeks and these questions can be settled then, or if Peters sends us samples of finish, we can decide most of the points in question at once. In regard to the "Eurika" paint, we can not agree with you in regard to the responsibility for its [next word interlined with a caret] defects being our's, while it obviously belongs to the manufacturers. It is not at all a question between the members of the late firm, who [several words canceled; next seven words interlined] in every variety of work or material take the word or the guarantee of the manufacturers, and never under any circumstances are responsible for defects in [next word interlined with a caret] such materials. Your's truly, Griffin & Randall. [ALS, Henry T. Randall to James W. Allison, April 8, 1895, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects [48 Exchange Place canceled] New York] [edited by TOC]

Personal Name Subject

Allison, James W., 1833-1898 -- Correspondence; Randall, T. Henry, 1869-1905 -- Travel -- Virginia -- Richmond

Corporate Name Subject

Griffin & Randall -- Correspondence

Topical Subject

Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architects and builders; Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architecture -- Details; Woodwork; Stains and staining; Paint

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 Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, 1895 April 8, 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, 1895 April 8



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