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Title: Letter from Dabney Cosby to Collier & Waitt, February 25, 1845: Electronic Edition.
Author: Cosby, Dabney, 1779-1862
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2005
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2005-06-24, Risa Mulligan finished TEI/XML encoding
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Title of collection: University of North Carolina Papers (#40005), University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from Dabney Cosby to Collier & Waitt, February 25, 1845
Author: Dabney Cosby
Description: 2 pages, 2 page images
Note: Call number 40005 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from Dabney Cosby to Collier & Waitt , Feb. 25, 1845
Cosby, Dabney, 1779-1862



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Raleigh 25th Feby 1845

Messrs. Collier & Waitt and Govr Swain ,

I have reflected on the impropriety of diging those pitts for cellars at the weak end of the present Buildings and determined to enter my protest against it. it is wrong to go beyond two feet in the East foundation & about 3 feet in that of the West — every inch below that weakens the old Buildings and I (not knowing the use or design of those rooms below) would think them unfit to inhabit and altogether useless, the short time Mr Davis was there would not enable him to perceive the rottenness of the foundation work of those Buildings. Govr S. thinks the West a good one, he is mistaken they are both entirely rotten and cannot be depended on.
I have directed the diging to be done first at the West Building after setting the scaffold poles round both and not go nearer than 4 feet to the old house
The death of Dr Henry of Augusta makes it my duty to go there immediately (My son in law) Osborne will have his mortar made up and then when John gets them the West work may be begun, Hale Lands, Mr Collier , too much cannot be got there if it is good

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I hope this matter may meet the Govrs views. We all have the same object in view, I will do as much work on anything else, a deduct, but beyond this I must protest.
The contract is complete and will come with me. I hope I will not be delayed more than 10 days.

Yrs Respy.

Dabney Cosby



Meal and Bacon for Osborne, what he says you may rely on.

D.C.


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