[D8416AOA], Letter from Samuel Insull to Sherburne Blake Eaton, February 15th, 1884

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Title

[D8416AOA], Letter from Samuel Insull to Sherburne Blake Eaton, February 15th, 1884

Editor's Notes

Long correspondence with Douty regarding engine problems at Shamokin. Local company hired a machine shop there to fix governing problems; they diassembled the engine and put some of the pieces in backwards, hammering them to get them to fit. They claim the engines didn't produce rated power, but turns out they had low boiler pressure. We've often sent one of our men or one from A&S to fix their blunders and won't do so again unless "you desire us to send a man there again, [when] we shall have very great pleasure in doing so." "We can put up a plant to run all right if they have decent talent to look after it, but we cannot insure any local co against trouble when they employ men incapable of running their engines." Don't put any weight in Douty's criticism, which results from our refusal to give them commission on our contracts. Andrews will report fully on condition of Shamokin plant.

Date

1884-02-15

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Folder/Volume ID

D8416-F

Microfilm ID

71:1095

Document ID

D8416AOA

Publisher

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