[D8630X], Letter from Grace & Co (Chile), Willis N Stewart to Samuel Insull, March 27th, 1886


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[D8630X], Letter from Grace & Co (Chile), Willis N Stewart to Samuel Insull, March 27th, 1886

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[TAE Marg at top:] "Insull How about this. You ought to see EHJ & H & have them deal promptly with Stewart & WR Grace." [Body of letter:] I am going away tomorrow for a long, tedious journey into the mines[?] some 800 miles north, to end with 30 miles on horseback over the desert, and before I go I must have a little growl. I hate to find fault and I have lots of patience, but it is hard to be always in a hole through somebody's ignorance, laziness or devilishness. So here goes: ##1st--Mr. Grace's powers were sent out here uncertified by Chilean consul; Mr. Waters' powers came all right. Returning the papers, they lie in Mr. Hastings' hands, and repeated efforts on the part of W.R. Grace & Co. fail to get them. In the meantime, the whole Valparaiso deal is paralyzed for want of powers. ##2nd--I left plans of Public Buildings and cities of Solca[Talca?] and Concepcion, in New York for estimates. Grace wrote on Nov. 28 last to have them sent on. They are not here, and we have had to cable. If they do not get here in 3 weeks, we lose a $60,000 job. ##3rd--No. 12 Bulletin comes out here with a particularly ugly attack upon the house of W.R. Grace & Co at the same time this house are writing here that they can get no attention from Mr. H at 65 5th Ave. This policy may be all right, but it looks queer to see your own agents thus treated. ##The house[?] here are doing all they can to push the business, and success is assured. But if this kind of thing goes on much longer, they will fire the whole business to the winds[?], and will not be slow in giving their reasons. If they do, you might as well buy a box for Edison light in Chile. Mr. Grace does not make any complaint as yet, but I tell you frankly that he is not blind to this business and that it is not a square deal. ##Please punch up Sprague to send me the drawings I asked him for. The electric railway privilege is probably lost. Grace thought you ought to send a motor on consignment, as he would have had to spend $1,000 in builiding line, car, etc. ##We want two things: the exclusive right to the Sims torpedo boat, and the same for the refining-sugar-by-electricity process. Send me these if possible and we will go halves on what can be made. The fuller details you can get the better. ##Don't take any stock in Logan's letter about the Graces. They are powerful here and always will be, because they oppose Blaine. ##Don't make any stink about the matters above mentioned, but if you can do anything it will be for the general good.





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