[D8621J], Letter from Frank McGowan to Thomas Alva Edison, July 14th, 1886


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[D8621J], Letter from Frank McGowan to Thomas Alva Edison, July 14th, 1886

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Edison Co for Isolated Lighting letterhead stamped "Removed to 16 & 18 Broad Street" the former address of 65 Fifth Avenue. Referring to the enclosed letter from Messrs. Queen & Co., in which they state that on June 10, a catalog of the Societe Geneveise, together with other papers, were sent to the Co.'s offices, I beg to state that no such catalog, etc. was received by me. The chances are that the papers were addressed to the Edison Electric Light Co. and in that case, I would not be likely to see them as a distribution of papers was made every morning to the different companies. I made it a standing rule that not more than 2 days should pass consecutively without all papers addressed to you being brought to me and I then showed whatever I thought might be of interest to you to Insull who would say what disposition was to be made of them. ##In order to facilitate your receiving this catalog, etc., I enclsoe draft of letter to Queen & Co. which you can sign if it meets with your approval. ##In this connection, I would state that if I had your permission to keep all your electrical papers in my possession until they were ready for binding, you would be saved a great deal of trouble. I can do this to good advantage inasmuch as I can use the information for the good of the business at large and then be able to keep run of any missing numbers that may be wanted. ##Am having prepared for you as complete a showing of the financial working of the central stations as it is possible to produce at the present time. Everything is upside down with us now on acount of moving to Broad street, but Johnson is still the same indefatigable worker and will show good results or else I am no judge of human nature. Our agents are still crying out for information as to progress of patent suits and tell me that they are sadly handicapped for want of some knowledge on the subject.




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