[D8814AEE], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Thomas Alva Edison, September 28th, 1888

Item

Abstract

Alexander Brigham, the young man referred to on the attached from Coster, is working in the Machine Shop, under the immediate eye of Foulkes. At present he is helping to wind resistance coil. Foulkes is evidently not very favorably impressed with him. Here is what he says about him: - # "My opinion is that he's no good. My reason for saying so is, if you give him anything to do he will not work continuously at the job until it is completed. His hands will work in one place and his eyes in another. In fact, he never seems so happy as when he has a pipe in his mouth and something to sit on." # Foulkes thinks that Brigham is better adapted to Chemical work. Before coming here he was in that line, being employed by Robert Provost, and he says he would like that better than what he is doing at present. Foulkes understands that he was put in the Machine Shop temporarily until something else turned up where his services could be utilized. TAE marg: "Send this to Coster; wil put the young man at chemical works." Coster marg: "My dear Edison, much obliged. The gentleman at whose request I wrote to you would not want you to keep any "drone" so if the young man proves to be n.g. treat him as you would treat anyone else." [new name mentions: Foulkes. Robert Provost]

Date

1888-09-28

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Subject

Identifier

D8814AEE

Folder Set

D8814

Title

[D8814AEE], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Thomas Alva Edison, September 28th, 1888

Microfilm ID

121:991

Publisher

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

Timestamp

September 28, 1888