[D8327Y], Letter from Calvin Goddard to Thomas Alva Edison, May 28th, 1883


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[D8327Y], Letter from Calvin Goddard to Thomas Alva Edison, May 28th, 1883

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Received his cable but didn't "reply immediately because I was wholly unprepared for any such proposition and, though greatly pleased and flattered, I felt the necessity for a little time for reflection." Cabled back: "If all interests desire, should be favorably disposed, I write fully." This is the "write fully" letter. Lays out his views of what direction company should take "as a preliminary to any further discussion of your proposition. I have always deplored the circumstances which placed you in double and somewhat antagonistic relations to the Company, for it not only divides your pecuniary interests, but loads you with responsibilities and anxieties which cannot fail to be detrimental to the true interests of the Company." "I should keep as much of the practical work of installation as possible in the hands of the Company and should favor every measure which would bring the manufacturing within its control--"




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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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