[D8736ADR], Letter from Samuel Insull to Thomas Alva Edison, August 31st, 1887


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"I think I have got started so that before the Winter is half through we shall have the shop on piece work in the manner in which you are so anxious that we should operate. I got held of Turner Sunday, told him that I though such suggestions should come from him, pointed out to him that we were not doing our work cheap enough, and that if he wanted to make a mark here he ought to take the initiative in the matter. He went to Kruesi Monday and told him that he thought the time was ripe to put the shop on piece work and got Kruesi's permission to go ahead. This is very much better than my making the suggestion to Kruesi, as if I did so, Kruesi would consider it more a criticism than a suggestion. I though I would let you know that I am pushing this matter ahead. Do not say anything about it to Kruesi when you see him, as he might then consider me the original mover in the matter, whereas I want him to think that such suggestions come entirely from Turner." Marginalia by Insull: "Tell Mr Edison that young Tom says he will not go home till I saw him"








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[D8736ADR], Letter from Samuel Insull to Thomas Alva Edison, August 31st, 1887

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