Building VCU’s President's House

James W. Allison Papers (1891, 1893-1896), Architects’ Correspondence
This online collection of correspondence is from the papers of James W. Allison, a late 19th century wealthy Richmond businessman. The collection includes over 100 documents - letters and a few telegrams - concerning the construction in 1894-1896 of what is today VCU’s President’s House, 910 W. Franklin Street. Fully 104 of the documents are from the hands of the architects that Allison hired to design his mansion. Much of the correspondence includes replies to questions by Allison during the construction of his house. The letters also describe the selection of such elements as fireplace mantles, gas-and-electric fixtures, decorative tiles, and scenic wallpaper.

Soon after the Civil War, James W. Allison (1833-1898) established the seed and fertilizer firm of Allison & Addison with Edmund B. Addison. By the 1890s the company had expanded greatly and become one of the most successful fertilizer producers in the South. The earliest letter in the collection is from Allison to his wife, Minnie Clemens Jones Allison (1870-1927). It notes their intention to construct a new house. A year later they chose the site on W. Franklin Street, at that time Richmond’s most fashionable residential neighborhood. At the time of his death in 1898, Allison left an estate of nearly one million dollars.

In 1938, the Allison family sold the house to Richmond Professional Institute (RPI), the forerunner to VCU on the Monroe Park campus. The building was used as the residence of the head of RPI for thirty years. Since 1968, when VCU was formed, it has served as the main offices of the President of the University. James W. Allison, Jr. (1894-1979) donated the collection of his father's papers to VCU Libraries in the early 1970s. They contain original architectural drawings, correspondence, and other materials. The James W. Allison papers are a valuable resource for those interested in late 19th century architectural history. These documents are housed in Special Collections and Archives at the James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries. For more about the collection, see the finding aid for the James W. Allison papers.

The Architects: Percy Griffin and T. Henry Randall
Allison chose the New York architectural firm of Griffin & Randall to design his house. Both partners boasted fine architectural pedigrees. Percy Griffin (1866-1921) graduated from the architectural school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1884 and then worked in the office of H. H. Richardson. T. Henry Randall (1862-1905) had also worked for Richardson after attending Johns Hopkins University, MIT, and the Ecole de Beaux-Arts in Paris. Randall, a native of Annapolis, Maryland, was the partner who decided on the Colonial Revival design of the house – making it one of the first of that style of houses built in Richmond. It pre-dates other early Colonial Revival houses on Monument Avenue by some 10 years.

The correspondence also details the demise of the firm. In 1895, Griffin and Randall decided to part ways in the middle of the construction of the Allison house. As the letters indicate, Allison was forced to choose which architect he wanted to oversee the completion of his house. Randall, who was the senior partner and who had the most influence over the building’s design, was selected.

For more information about the architectural history of the house, see Ray Bonis and Melissa A. Zimmerman, “The VCU President’s House, 1896-1996: From the Colonial Revival to the World Wide Web,” The Styles of Virginia Architecture: Abstracts of the Fourth Annual Virginia Architectural History Symposium, 1996 (Richmond: VCU School of the Arts, 1996).

Editorial Note
The following transcriptions of correspondence from the James W. Allison papers, were prepared during the spring 2006 semester in History 691, “Topics in Documentary Editing and Scholarly Publishing,” taught by John Kneebone, in the graduate program of the VCU Department of History.

Each document has been given a title, consisting of the names of the author and the recipient and the date of the document. The editors followed a conservative transcription policy. Words in the transcripts are spelled as they are in the original documents. Textual notes follow the procedure of italicizing editorial comments within square brackets, described by David L. Vander Meulen and G. Thomas Tanselle, “A System of Manuscript Transcription,” Studies in Bibliography, 52(1999):202-213.

A provenance note in brackets follows each document. Most of the documents are signed autograph letters (ALS) but a few are documents recording texts of telegrams. Because changes in letterheads reflect the dissolution of the architectural partnership of Percy Griffin and T. Henry Randall, texts of letterheads appear in the provenance note. It was James W. Allison’s practice to preserve the letters in their envelopes, on which a summary of the letter’s contents was docketed. The docketed notes on the envelopes are reported in the provenance note.

The following silent emendations have been made. The formal elements of the letters—address, date, salutation, and closing—have been standardized in their location on the page (at the left margin) only. Words broken or hyphenated at line ends in the documents have been restored. Ampersands and other symbols representing the word “and” in the documents have been standardized to “&.” Superscripts have been dropped to the line. To facilitate possible future online access to the transcripts along with the document images, the transcriptions mark page changes with square brackets and an italic statement of the image number online.

The editors are identified by their initials following the provenance note for each document that they edited. The editors are: Amy Adams (AA), Mary Bezbatchenko (MMB), David Carroll (WDC), Candi Caudill (CEC), Taylor Coble (TOC), Teresa Doherty (MTD), Thomas Hanna (TMH), Alyssa Holland (AGH), John Kneebone (JTK), Mary Richie McGuire (MRM), Jessica Munsch (JBM), Kay Peninger (KCP), Laura Ping (LJP), Vicki Rogers (VR), Suzanne Shepherd (SS), Arthur Striker (APS), and Morgan Thomas (MT).

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.


Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, 1895 May 13 [View Image]
Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, 1895 May 13
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]
Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, 1895 May 27 [View Image]
Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, 1895 May 27
Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison discussing the responsibility for setting of mantles and trim, and specifications for doors and hardware., May 27th ’95. James W. Allison Esq. Richmond. Va. Dear Sir, Your's of the 24th at hand. In regard to the setting of mantels and other trim which Purdy made for the Hall Reception Rm. Music Room &c. in your house we are positive that it has never been considered otherwise than as Stowe & Nuckols' work. We have gone over all the estimates and correspondence of Oct. and of Nov. last, and find no estimate made by Purdy for setting this work while we distinctly stated in more than one instance that [this work canceled; next word interlined] it was to be done by the general contractors. While Purdy's men might do this work better, it is so simple that we can not believe Stowe would not satisfy you and do ample justice to it. In regard to the damaged cornice of the Reception Rm. mantel we did not look upon it as in any sense as an injury, but as an improvement to its general effect, when all of the little projections were removed. We regret that we did not more clearly explain that to you at the time, for otherwise you must naturally have felt that we did not care enough about it, which was not the case at all. They have shipped the new ornament together with the panels for Dining Rm. Mr. Randall selected a “secret door” push-button arrangement for all the Library closet doors. The hinges must show, but being very simple they will not be obtrusive at all. If you care for a lock on any of them you can [next word interlined with caret] have S & N. put it in. Newman is supplying this "extra" hardware made under the original contract with you. All the doors in the panelling including large "secret" door are to be treated in same way. Mr. Randall selected the pulls for drawers of same metal. The object in hinging doors below window level at their bottom line and not on top is that they are not liable to be broken off, and that the space can be reached more easily from above when large books or portfolios are kept in them, as is usually the case. Furthermore they are not in the way when being opened and closed. We have provided a chain (12 ins. long) to prevent the door opening too far. Obviously, if you put the chain half way down, the door will open two feet instead of one. The closets are especially useful for portfolios as you do not have to take them out to find any particular engraving or drawing that you may be looking for. If you prefer to keep books of ordinary size in them, then they had better be hinged at side. You might hinge the three doors that occur together below and the two others at the side. Newman sent large silver plated hinges and knobs for the closet doors in Vestibule which should be hung with plain painted hinges, and "secret door" push-button catches like Library closets. If you care to lock either, an ordinary Yale lock would be a convenient arrangement. The idea was that you would keep one of them for your private use and that the other would answer for general use. Your's truly, Griffin and Randall. [ALS, Griffin & Randal to James W. Allison, May 27, 1895, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects <48 Exchange Place canceled] New York. Envelope docketed [image unavailable]: G.&R. May 27. 1895. setting mantels and other trim made by Purdy for yr. house is Stowe & Nuckols work. Has selected a secret door" push-button arrangements for all the Library closet rooms and pulls for drawers. Reason for hinging doors under shelf of book case in Library at bottom instead of on side. Doors to closet in vestibule should be hung with floor pointed hinges & secret door push button catches like library closets— if a lock is desirable an ordinary Yale lock would be a convenient arrangement.] [edited by JBM]
Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Griffin, 1894 December 3 [View Image]
Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Griffin, 1894 December 3
Letter from Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison discussing work in the dining room and library., Dec. 3rd ’94. James W. Allison Esq. Richmond. Dear Sir, Your’s of Nov. 27th at hand. Purdy’s contract for your Dining Rm. Finish covers every thing except the blinds and doors, which as you know, are in Stowe & Nuckols contract; consequently, there is no room for “extras” of any description as far as it is possible to see now. In fact nothing but a change in the character or treatment of the work could produce an “extra”; and that only through your approval. I think therefore it would be wise for you to order this work done at once as the material should be carefully prepared and dried for proper length of time before any work on it can be commenced. We shall prepare at once drawings for your Library finish. All the trim should be straight oak (if not “quartered oak” in the room. We might find what the difference would be in using “quartered oak” for the doors and panels in mantel, else where straight oak. We can have Purdy also figure on the work for comparison. We are glad that you are considering the question of putting in the book-cases as suggested on front wall. The cornice will be considered in connection with the changes suggested. The drawings call for a plaster cornice about the wooden cornice of the mantel, the former only being carried around the room. We need to know the positions of registers and air ducts. As soon as it is possible we think it would be wise to put in your heating plant and give the house a thorough drying. Not only the plaster but the brick-work and the wood-work too need to to be well dried out. Your’s truly, Griffin & Randall. P.S. Mahogany and black-walnut furniture will look O.K in an oak room but oak or black walnut will not go into a mahogany room. [ALS, Griffin & Randall to James W. Allison, December 3, 1894, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 52 Broadway New York.] [edited by VR]
Letter from Griffin & Randall to Stowe & Nuckols, 1894 November 20 [View Image]
Letter from Griffin & Randall to Stowe & Nuckols, 1894 November 20
Letter from Griffin & Randall to Stowe & Nuckols requesting the return of some drawings for Mr. Allison's house., Nov. 20th ‘94 Stowe & Nuckols Richmond. Dear Sirs, Please return us by express the F.S.I. drawings of all the mantels for Mr. Allison's House, also the F.S.I. of caps, arch and door head in Music Rm. & Reception Rm. [remainder of sentence interlined with caret] and 4 F.S.I. drawings of Dining Rm. finish. On drawing marked No. 19 of Hall finish, please [cut it in canceled] send us the half showing pilaster cap &c. and retain the other half for yourselves which has the door trim on it. Mr. Allison has decided to have the mantels and ornamented finish done here and shipped to Richmond. We have not yet heard from him in regard to the other matters as yet unsettled. Your's truly, Griffin & Randall [ALS, Griffin & Randall to Stowe & Nuckols, November 20, 1894, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects <48 Broadway canceled; next two words inserted with stamp> 52 Broadway New York; back of letter docketed in another hand: # 20 arching bib Music & Reception Rm. # 19 Hall finish # 25 & 26 ding Room mantel. # 34 mantel for Bed Room over Music Room # 38 Library mantel. # 12 Bed Room over Library mantel. # 33 " Room over Reception Room mantel # 9 " “ “ Dining “ “ # 28 mantel in Reception Room. # 35 " over Butlers Pantry. # 21 F.S.I. for mantel in music }sent Dec 13. ‘94 # 23 Sliding doors & Trim in ding [edited by KCP]
Letter from James W. Allison to Minnie Allison, 1894 October 27 [View Image]
Letter from James W. Allison to Minnie Allison, 1894 October 27
Letter from James W. Allison to his wife, Minnie Clemens Allison., No transcription available.
Letter from James W. Allison to Minnie Allison, 1894 October 29 [View Image]
Letter from James W. Allison to Minnie Allison, 1894 October 29
Letter from James W. Allison to his wife, Minnie Clemens Allison., No transcription available.
Letter from James W. Allison to Minnie Clemens Jones Allison, 1891 May 5 [View Image]
Letter from James W. Allison to Minnie Clemens Jones Allison, 1891 May 5
Letter from James W. Allison to his wife, Minnie Clemens Allison, discussing family news, finances, and health matters., Richmond May 5, 1891 Tuesday afternoon I didn’t get your Sunday letter until this morning, my dear little wife, and I am exceedingly glad to know that your family party assembled on Sunday and that yr. Auntie is the better for it. Dont expect her to get well at once? be patient? I want you more than I can tell but more than that I want you to be good and sweet and patient to and with her. She will be all right again in time and we must both submit to some sacrifice. I enclose the card? of course we will have the "Mr. and Mrs." cards? but think we had best wait until we have an address to print thereon. I enclose you Allison & Addisons Chk. on N.Y. for Forty dollars wh. makes up the $200.00 for your one months income. If you think you will need more money before I see you just let me know and it shall be forth coming. I sent some flowers yesterday and to-day I send by Express the two bottles of Port wine. It is well you didn’t accept the 1/2 dozen as I find there are only two more bottles left? they have been drinking hard since I have been away. I am too sorry not to have been present at your exhibition of gowns? glad they met the approval of yr. critical family? what with "Auntie and the boys" and the visits of your old admirers I am afraid you are feeling too much like "old times" if the old house were there the charm would be complete? but as the surroundings are new I have some hope that eventually you will prefer Richmond and me. You are right about the Grant house I hadnt thought about the typhoid fever. I wont look at it. Haven't heard from Anderson yet nor have I seen Dooleys house? I fear the latter is beyond my means. I am improving every day & my friends say fattening. I do hope you are also improving I do not at all like the silence you maintain as to yourself and your health. Love and many Kisses from Your devoted Husband [ALS, James W. Allison to Minnie Clemens Jones Allison, May 5, 1891. The third page is on letterhead: Allison & Addison 1322 Cary St. Richmond, Va. The text of this page of the letter is written at a 90° angle to the letterhead.] [edited by MTD]
Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, 1893 November 20 [View Image]
Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, 1893 November 20
Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison discussing the shipment of horses and suggestions on driving them., My Dear Mr. Allison: I took it upon myself to purchase several things without consulting you— Mr. Lee sent a pair of old blankets and halters, which you need not return— but I did not think it best to ship the horses without additional covering so I bought a good pair of blankets & hoods— which will always be of service to you & I trust you think my move a right one— I doubt if we could have found a better man to take charge on the boat & I sincerely hope that he & the "cattle" have reached you in safety— He has taken horses over that route before & has lived in Richmond. In all events— I shall [word canceled] send you the items of expenses so that you may know I am thoroughly repaid by the pleasure I have had in doing this for you and may you like the horses as much as I hope you will— Trusting that you have forgiven me for meddling with your stable by adding to its stock & with kindest regards to Mrs. Allison— believe me Very sincerely, Percy Griffin 20 Nov. '93 This suggestion may not be necessary— but you might tell your coachman that Mr. Lee has driven the horses more frequently in the cheek rather than in the bar & they are accustomed to a light hand. & if you care to give the mare higher action you might put knee boots on her for a time— The horse is very good under saddle & I am told that the mare is about his equal in that respect. They have also been driven without checks— P. G. [ALS, Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, November 20, 1893. Envelope docketed: Nov. 20 1893 Shipment of horses & advice as to driving them.] [edited by JTK]
Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, 1893 November 9 [View Image]
Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, 1893 November 9
Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison discussing the possible purchase of two horses., Dear Mr. Allison: I have been to Southampton— have driven the horses and should buy the horses if I wanted them for my own use— but whether or not they would meet with your approval is quite another question— However I consider them, as I have told you— a very good pair— Of course— for twelve or fifteen hundred dollars you might do much better & again you might not. To recommend a sum to buy a pair of horses is assuming a good bit of responsibility— but in this case you quite well understand I am willing and glad to help you to get a good pair— Mr. Lee thoroughly understands the circumstances and leaves the matter entirely in my hands— To put it in the form of a proposition— he will sell you the pair for $500... in New York— You may take them on trial and if they please you— send him a cheque for them— but if you have the feeling that they are not what you want you may keep them until spring and return them to him with no further expense to you than the cost of transportation— This arrangement [word canceled] puts you & me in a position which makes us perfectly fair— By sending the horses to Richmond Mr. Lee closes his stable at Southampton and could not receive them if returned at once and would therefore rather have you use them thro. the winter than have them put back in his hands at once—This seems perfectly fair as their use would repay you for the journey down & back (freight)— Would not the O.S. be the best route? Pray do not consider that because you have gone as far as this, that you cannot [next word interlined with a caret] decline this offer— but on the other hand— I shall be most happy to attend to their shipment for you— Very sincerely Percy Griffin 9 Nov 93 James W. Allison Esqr. Richmond [ALS, Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, November 9, 1893, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 48 Exchange Place New York. Envelope docketed: Proposal for sale of horses - Nov 9 1893. {Another hand has scrawled: Horses}] [edited by JTK]
Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, 1893, November 29 [View Image]
Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, 1893, November 29
Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison discussing the condition of the horses and progress of the house plans., Percy Griffin to James W. 29 November '93 My dear Mr. Allison: I was very much surprised after reading your Veterinary's cert. which you were good enough to enclose with yr. letter of yesterday— for I believed the horses sound— not the most perfect of [next word illegible] perhaps— but all that one might ask for— still I am not a Vet. and am going on what might be called rather scanty knowledge, by those who "know"— Never have I seen either gelding or mare knuckle and doubt if they do— I should say that his knees are perfectly strong, and after having Bishop's opinion of the pair I felt doubly satisfied in sending them to you— May I ask if "Harbaugh" deals in horses & whether or not he knows the man who tried to sell you a pair when I was in Richmond— I am glad you, like the horses & that your coachman approves— The last thing that Mr. Lee would want you to do— would be to take the pair if you are not satisfied with them. I asked him to lunch with me today & we talked the matter over; & he insists that you must give the horses any trial you like and feel perfectly free to take them or not. I know he never would have shipped them to you had he thought them unsound. Nothing better than a fair trial will prove what they are and I hope you will give them it & be in no haste to make your decision either way— There are Vets. & Vets. & this one may be wrong— The fact that yr. coachman likes the horses will [will canceled] make it interesting for him to find out their good & bad points— I can imagine how swell he looks driving them— Mr. Lee suggested writing to you and I very glad that he has sent you a note— I received your cheque for $20. & thought I had acknowledged it,— pardon my thoughtlessness. I trust you will let us hear from you soon again about them. We are now laying out your house at 1/4" scale and so soon as the drawings are finished I shall go down to Richmond as you suggest and talk it over with you. This will be fare more satisfactory than sending down any more 1/8 scale plans, & in this way you will be able to get a better idea of the entire scheme & at the same time if you want any changes— it will not be too late to make them— The plans will work out very satisfactory according to yr. last suggestions on [letter canceled] #3. With kindest regards to Mrs. Allison I am always Very sincerely yrs. Percy Griffin [ALS, Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, 29 November 1893, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 48 Exchange Place New York.] [edited by JTK] Allison, November 29, 1893
Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, 1894 April 14 [View Image]
Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, 1894 April 14
Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison detailing house specifications and estimates for marble, pilaster caps, roof, and water table., 14th April '94. James W. Allison Esqr. Dear Sir: We received your letters of the 12th & 13th, this morning, and cannot understand why your builders have had so much trouble in making an estimate upon the marble— for it is no more expensive than stone and the drawings show most clearly how much is required for lintels & sills & just how much for coping of front porch & main entrance steps— That is all the marble, including key and arch blocks, which the house requires— Your masons know how much the marble is pr. sq. ft. & from the full sizes of lintels & sills which you have, any contractor should be able to take off his quantities and make an exact figure— Stowe, probably could do this without taking it out of his office. Ask Stowe & Nuckols what would be the difference if any, and whether or not they would be obliged to make any difference in their estimate if the brownstone were, changed to marble and they, will get these points and attend to the sub contractor. Let them figure on making all the front steps marble— If the man who represents the marble men cannot figure on the drawings & full sizes which you have I doubt if it would be possible to make him understand what we want— However we shall write to the Balto. men. It seems to bad that the whole house should be held back on acc. of the marble— The pilaster caps which you fear may not be strong enough to carry what is above them, are not in a position to receive any weight, more than the woodwork of cornice above— and there is no brickwork over them and the main wall carries the weight of roof—Should we not use the putty caps, it will be better to make the pilaster caps of moulded brick, but the caps of "putty" painted white are the best with the marble— You very probably will have a contract with S&N. for the entire work and you should not bother yourself as to which of the sub contractors shall set the different materials— for they, must settle that, as they have the entire contract, & you will look to them for the completion of the house. We wrote asking about the walls so that the drawings may be made right accordingly and the figuring made correct. We merely wish the ridge— hips & valleys of slate roofs, to be flashed— A "water covering" will not be necessary if flashing is properly done. The water table & bases of pilasters will be made of moulded brick, the size of your large brick, laid on the flat as two courses of "headers" would be— that is the water table will be made of a double line of headers laid on their 4 inch bed and the bases [word illegible] in the same way— If Kimbel does your Dining Room, Stowe & Nuckols will only put in the sash, blinds, doors, floor and plastering, unless you will give the doors to Kimbel to make. He is estimating now upon the room including wainscoting— windows and room trim, mahogany pockets for blinds, cornice and mantel; all the woodwork in the room must be mahogany— You already have his figure on the mahogany doors. By making the first floor walls "two bricks thick", you will have the first story & cellar walls, just as they are shown on the sections which you have. The painting clause in specification is as we wished it to be. When we speak of "trim" we do not mean doors— The black walnut doors are to have a better finish than the others. One line of speaking tube will do, unless you prefer not to have what you say to the butler heard in the Servants Hall— If that is the case, it will be better to put in two lines. Trusting that it may not be long before we may be able to get this matter in shape We remain Very truly yours Griffin & Randall [ALS, Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, April 14, 1894, on letterhead: Griffin & Randall Architects 48 Exchange Place, New York. Envelope docketed: G&R— April 14, 1894— List of work in marbles— including bottom step to front porch. Pilaster cap not to carry any weight. No covering on ridges or hips. Water table to be 2 courses of bricks laid on flat on headers and of size of large common brick. Work to be left out in case the Dining Room is finished in mahogany. Speaking tubes— one line enough. Telegram April 17. in relation to estimates for marble.] [edited by JBM]
Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, 1894 April 24 [View Image]
Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison, 1894 April 24
Letter from Percy Griffin to James W. Allison bidding him goodbye., Dear Mr. Allison, I am off tomorrow morning, but before going, must again bid you goodbye— with sincerest wishes for you and yours— Percy Griffin 24 Apr. '94 [ALS, Percy Griffin to Mr. Allison, April 24, 1894] [edited by TOC]