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MS 0691 - William Pollock letter, 1855. (MS 0691)

Letter from William Pollock to his brother Charles and sister Margaret, dated 9 July 1855. Pollock, a blacksmith, details his work on the construction of the iron roofs over the two wings of the Capitol. The "boss blacksmith" was a Know Nothing, and Pollock discusses the prominence of that party in Washington. Captain Montgomery C. Meigs of the Army Corps of Engineers is mentioned as head of the project. There is a brief addendum by Mary Margaret Pollock, apparently William Pollock's daughter.