January 18, 1946
William Sumner Appleton
2 Lynde Street
I was dreadfully sorry to learn of the fire in the Lady Pepperrel house.
It brings to my mind the fact that Stuart Moffett Barnette, for whose work
in the study and restoration of colonial mon-umets-4--have great admiration, is
out of the service and has resumed the private practice of architecture, living
and working currently in his old house at Kittery Point. Very likely anything
you may ultimately do in the restoration of the Lady Pepperrell house will
be handled by Frank Chouteau Brown of your own staff, but I want to take
this opportunity of commending Barnette to you. As you know he was on the
staff of the National Park Service, where I was a member of the Advisory Board,
so that I had an excellent opportunity of seeing his abilities and following
his work. It seems to me that with Tom Waterman, and with Erling Peterson
and Edwin Brumbaugh here in Philadelphia, he is the most gifted and skillful
of the men in this whole field. Possibly he may be absorbed in the Park Service,
but I imagine he will continue to practice privately on the side, and be available
at least during holiday periods, in your area. We certainly must do everything
we can to keep him in the restoration game.
With very kidw kindest regards and best wishes,
ED. It is unfortunate that since this letter was written two of the most out-
standing men mentioned by Dr. Kimball have died.