[D8818ASM], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Edison United Manufacturing Co, August 31st, 1888



New name mention: Batchelor. For many months your men have been [---] on fixing the insullation in the residence of my friend and neighbor Burke. He has frequently complained of the inconsistency of expecting him to use his parlor and reception-room for work-[---] for our men. The trouble on our lines have been very frequent lately, and we have always tradcd them from our [catch?]box to that part of the system which feeds Burke's house. A few days ago Burke came [---] and told me that he was now thoroughly [---] and that he could not allow his place to be made a work-shop of any longer and begged me to take the matter in hand myself and see that he could get a permanent and good light. I thereupon instructed Batchelor to have it fixed satisfactory to Burke. He immediately found two [---] grounds in the lead cable system, one of which he has put out and will send to you. If you will investigate this matter you will see that for some reason or other a joint was put in the cable, and that the only insullation put there to keep that joint from grounding was two or three layers of black tape. My opinion is that your workman knew absolutely nothing about his style of work, and your inspector, whoever he is, must know less-- to instruct a man to making such a joint as this. If he did not instruct him to make the joint so, he must certainly have seen a joint made or he must have asked the man how he made the joint. If he was satisfied with the explanation, he is not fit for this business. Undoutedly, there are many more joints in the lead cable system, all of which we presume are made in this way. If so you may be sure we will have to put every one of them out as they give us trouble. When we took out these two, our lines were perfectly clear, but this morning again, which is only 48 hours, we have a ground on both sides, which we are now investigating.








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[D8818ASM], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Edison United Manufacturing Co, August 31st, 1888

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