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1956/03/20: Sterling Morton to Clarence E. Godshalk


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March 20 1956
Letter from Sterling Morton to Clarence E. Godshalk. He is summarizing his decisions concerning "my place" [Lake Forest]. With C. D. Wagstaff senior largely retiring, Morton doesn't have much confidence in Wagstaff junior to do much more than planting. Working with the architect, Ralph Milman, they agree on a wall around the motor court. Morton likes the idea of a large evergreen wall to provide a year-round screen, with flowering shrubs and trees in front.  He continues with very precise detail about specific trees to be moved or planted and exactly in which location. He describes the precise plan worked out with the man who will grade the property. Excess topsoil will be put in the depression where the old house was. He would like some hemlocks to be planted between his property and "Suzie's".  Also he would like Godshalk to order 3 or 4 wintercreeper to soften the corners of the house, even though they will be painting it. "You are authorized to have the local landscape or nursery people do any or all of the work."  He thanks Godshalk for helping with his goal of having a small place with low maintenance. He still has not yet received a bill from the Arboretum for previous work done. 
Correspondence
Godshalk, Clarence E. (received by)
Wagstaff Jr, C. D. (is related to)
Davidson, Suzette Morton (is related to)
Milman, Ralph (is related to)
Wagstaff Sr, C. D. (is related to)
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