[D8534D], Letter from Willis N Stewart to Thomas Alva Edison, January 31st, 1885


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[D8534D], Letter from Willis N Stewart to Thomas Alva Edison, January 31st, 1885

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There is an effort being made to sell the Santiago Station to the banking house of D. Matte[?] & Co., friends of mine. As the "Y" dynamo, engine, conductors, etc., placed there by me have never been paid for, I have notified the firm of the fact in order to protect the accounts of the Machine Works. At present rate of exchange, this represents a value of $16,000 [----], besides damages for illegal use since 12/1/1884. My rights are secured by contract, so that you cannot lose. No lamps have arrived and none exist in Santiago. If any are forwarded, I shall lose existing contracts and come home via Buenos Aires. My friends cannot accept a contract excluding isolated work in Santiago, Valparaiso, and Lima. ##I have no answer from the Isolated Co. regarding new contracts, though my letters must have reached NY some time ago. Perhaps if I come home, it would pay you to organize a special bureau for foreign work, so that all these matters might have prompt attention. ##Kendall's people sold [-----] amounting to $100,000 and failed to deliver, after collecting the cash. This swindle prevents any compromise with creditors. [Hastings Marg., referring to statement that there was no answer from Isolated Co.]: "This is wholly untrue. His proposition was received and promptly answered."




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