Caption: Board of Trustees Minutes - 1896
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS.
On the 18th of November the following letter was addressed by the Committee to Messrs. Burnham & Co., it being advised that two designs were being prepared:
NOVEMBER 18, 1895.
J\fr. D. H. Burnham, Mookery Building, Chicago. MY DEAR S I R : There will be a meeting of the Trustees at the University about the 10th or 12th of December, of which you will be given due notice. In conformity with your agreement to design and supervise the construction of the library building for the University, the Board will doubtless expect you to be present at that meeting, having with you perfected plans, together with specifications and estimates of cost—briefly I may say, all of the data necessary to enable an immediate call for proposals for the construction of the building, should the Trustees be satisfied to do so. Whatever may have been said to you by this Committee in regard to any lan for the library building since your services were engaged, you will indly accept as suggestive only, because the design is to be yours, and as stated in your letter of October 1st, "satisfactory to the Trustees." While this is true, and perhaps you may not be able to concur with the suggestions which have been made as the result of a recent conference between Grovernor Altgeld and the sub-committee, still it is expected that the design last suggested to you by the Governor will be as completely and carefully perfected in every respect for presentation to the Trustees as your own design, should you present an alternative. Whenever you are prepared, and if convenient to you to do so, this committee would be pleased to have you afford opportunity to the Trustees who live in Chicago to see the plans, viz.: Governor Altgeld, Dr. Julia Holmes Smith, 499 Dearborn avenue: Mrs. Lucy L. Flower, 361 Superior street, Hon. J . E. Armstrong, Englewood. The Committee would also like to have you consult freely with President Andrew S. Draper in regard to the sub-divisions of the building, because the Trustees would without doubt readily confirm any disposition of the space that you and President Draper might agree upon. This Committee and also the Trustees as a Board are extremely desirous that at the December meeting a design shall be decided upon and a call made for proposals to construct the building. Yours truly,?
RICHARD P. MORGAN,
Chairman of Committee on Buildings and Grounds. Your Committee is informed that Mr. Burnham will be at the University on Wednesday morning, the 11th inst., with perfect designs.^ Respectfully submitted,
RICHARD P. MORGAN, N. B. MORRISON, ALEXANDER MCLEAN, ISAAC S. RAYMOND,
Committee on Buildings and Grounds. T h e action of t h e C o m m i t t e e as set forth in t h i s r e p o r t was a p proved. P r e s i d e n t D r a p e r m a d e a s t a t e m e n t w i t h r e g a r d to t h e p u r c h a s e of a storage b a t t e r y from T h e F o r d - W a s h b u r n Co., of Cleveland, O h i o , a n d was a u t h o r i z e d to receive t h e goods p u r c h a s e d from afores a i d firm u p o n its g i v i n g a n i n d e m n i f y i n g b o n d in t e r m s a n d a m o u n t sufficient to protect t h e i n t e r e s t s of t h e U n i v e r s i t y a n d satisfactory