[D8541N], Letter from Thomas Butler to Samuel Insull, May 28th, 1885


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[D8541N], Letter from Thomas Butler to Samuel Insull, May 28th, 1885

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I was pleased[?] to have a line from you at last, and was not by any means surprised at your somewhat glowing report of the traffic on your side. Do not, on the other hand, suppose that I expected you merely to cart around and fix one up somewhere. I agree with you as [---------------] done before that the opportunity you embraced was quite exceptional. The war feeling has to a great extent subsided, but I should not be much surprised to see it crop up again any day. Until I hear better reports made on your side, I propose to remain where I am. I don't propose to flounder about, no, I don't. ##But directly the wave of prosperity is on the move again, depend upon it, I shall make an effort to move with it. ##I am at present in the office of a stockbroker, and strangely enough heard the other day some rumor with regard to a probable collapse of the United Telephone. I did not gather that it would be immediate, but that it would take place, my informant seemed certain of. I did not discover any knowledge of the Corp. or anyone connected with it. Is this information new to you? If it be, and you can give me a tip so that I might make a turn, you will cause me to rewrite you with a loving heart. If, on the other hand, you are in the dark and will give me the hint, you may depend on my going to work discreetly. ##I may here tell you that we recently ordered a private wire to be put up. The wire was run a week or so ago, and there it is quite undisturbed. The operator went away to fetch the instrument and he is fetching it still. Has he come over to you for it or what? ##I shall break this off abruptly and willl write you more fully in case of need. ##Being in an altogether new swim[?], I rarely indeed see any of the old boys, so I have no gossip of any kind, except that Kingsbury at[?] Western Elec. got fixed up with a wife last year. I haven't seen him for six months. I presume your interests[?] and his are not identical now. Well adieu! [Added as postcript:] You may perhaps have heard from your Dad that I offered him my help in his land [---------]. So far, [---] though, there [----] [--------].





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