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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from T. H. Randall to James W. Allison discussing hardware specifications.


May 7th ‘95. James W. Allison Esq. Richmond. Dear Sir, Newman the hardware man was in to see me today and we arranged the hardware as far as it was possible to do so without exact measurements from the building itself. He showed me a letter from Stowe and Nuckols of May 3rd in which they stated that they had that day sent the hardware which we both thought had been shipped a week ago. It was received today. Purdy has shipped all his material and will send on his men as soon as S. & N. have notified him that it is in the building. I shall come on then myself to see that all this finish is started properly. Newman advises keeping lacquered knobs. They will last four years before cleaning. Your's Truly, T. H. Randall. [ALS, T. H. Randall to James W. Allison, May 7, 1895, on letterhead: T. Henry Randall Architect 52 Broadway. New York. Envelope docketed [image unavailable]: G.& R. May 7, 1895 Seen Newman and arranged hardware as far as possible without measurements from the building itself. Purdy has shipped all his material & will send his men as soon as advised that it is all in the building. Advises retaining lacquered knobs— they will last four years before requiring cleaning] [edited by MRM]

Personal Name Subject

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

Corporate Name Subject

E.H. Purdy M.F.G. Co.

Topical Subject

Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architects and builders; Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architecture -- Details; Finishes and finishing; Hardware

Geographic Subject

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


Richmond (Va)


letters (correspondence)

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text; archives


Still Image; Text

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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 T. Henry Randall to James W. Allison, 1895 May 7, James W. Allison papers, M 1, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Letter from T. Henry Randall to James W. Allison, 1895 May 7



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