[D8736AAQ], Letter from Samuel Insull to Alfred Ord Tate, February 21st, 1887


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[D8736AAQ], Letter from Samuel Insull to Alfred Ord Tate, February 21st, 1887

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"Your telegram of this date ## 'Sprague refuses absolutely to make further payment until account balanced to 31st Jan' ## to hand. We had prior to the receipt of your telegram written the Sprague Co as follows:-- 'with relation to your account we have been in the habit of sending you statements of account the 1st of every month. The write has himself examined the press copies of the statements sent 1st Nov, 1st Dec, & 13th Jany. I've also sent you Feby 11th a statement of account from June 30th 1886 to January 1st 1887 & from Jan 1st to Feby 1st 1887. What more you can possibly require of us we do not know & we fail to see by what right you can refuse to pay our account when we are powerless to do anything more towards its adjustment than we have already done' ## The trouble is in the Sprague Cos office. When I was there on 15th [----] Mr Sprague treated me to one of his outbursts & insisted that we had not sent the promised statement when I myself signed the letter, enclosed it myself, & handed it to the Boy to mail on the 11th Feby. I want you to see Sprague again on the receipt of this & get some money out of him Handle him quietly or will explode. We have given him such accomodation in the past -- carrying his account 60 & 90 days without getting anything & then accept his 4 mo[-] note in payment (thus carrying him 6 & 7 months) that it is but the merest courtesy on his part to give us money on notes now, but Sprague never does act in the way that is ordinarily expected in business" D8736AAR quoted as a document within a document in D8736AAQ.





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