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Allison, James W., 1833-1898


Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison enclosing certificate for delivered materials.


May 13th ‘95. James W. Allison Esq. Richmond. Va. Dear Sir, We inclose certificate for payment on account to the E.H. Purdy M.F.G. Co. for their material delivered as per contract and now in your house. The amt. due is $1764.00 The setting of Dining Rm. finish ($225.00) is outside of this amount, consequently you will reserve $264.00 of what is now due them to be paid when the work is accepted. They will send their men on within a day or two, as we understand the material has been delivered and is in condition to be set. The Newcomb M.F.G. Co. who have made the Exterior and Interior ornaments, caps, consoles, friezes, &c. have sent in their bill; but it needs revision and has been returned to them. Mr. Randall will come on as soon as the Dining Rm. Finish is under way. Your's truly, Griffin & Randall [ALS, Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, May 13, 1895, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects [48 Exchange Place canceled; next two words stamped] 52 Broadway New York. Envelope docketed [image unavailable]: G&R May 13. 1895. Enclosing certificate for materials delivered by Purdy. Amt. owe is $1764.00. The setting of Dining Room finish is outside of this $225.00. Consequently you will reserve $264.00 to be paid when the work is accepted. The Newcomb Mfg. Co. have sent their bill for the trim and exterior ornaments, caps, consoles, friezes &c. [two words canceled] but it needs revision and has been returned] [edited by MRM]

Personal Name Subject

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

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Griffin & Randall -- Correspondence; E.H. Purdy M.F.G. Co.; Newcomb M.F.G. Co.

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Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architects and builders; Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- Virginia -- Richmond; Architecture -- Details; Building -- Estimates -- Virginia -- Richmond; Invoices

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


Richmond (Va)


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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 May 13, 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 May 13



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