[D8719ABB], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Samuel Insull, July 29th, 1887


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[D8719ABB], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Samuel Insull, July 29th, 1887

Editor's Notes

"I have your letter of the 28th instant and I can assure you that your former letter was in itself sufficient provocation to call forth from me such correspondence as you have received. ## My letter was not based on any information other than the knowledge which I posses of the way in which you are in the habit of dictating your letters. I have frequently heard you dictate a letter before your whol office staff censuring persons [---] you considered to be in the wrong; and as you were indiscreet enough to make the statement you did to me on [-----] through the medium of a Stenographer, I did not give you credit for having dictated the letter in private. ## So far as this correspondence is concerned I know nothing as to who was in your office and it would have made no difference whatever in the way in which I have dealt with this matter had you written the letter yourself with the door of your office locked. ## I showed your letter to Mr. Edison together with five different copies of my method of signing his name. He states that these are not at all like his signature and that your letter to me was most ridiculous. ## I would have discussed this matter with you personally were it not that you communicated with me by letter which of course was placed in your files, and I therefore, wish to have on the files in this office the replies which I have made to your communication. ## As I told you before, it is not a question of your charge being serious for I know quite well the spirit in which you made it, but it is a question of how it can be transformed by any person desiring to misrepresent both you and me." D8719ABC is written in response to and over surface of the first page of this letter in Insull's handwriting.





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