[D8835ABO], Letter from Samuel Insull to Alfred Ord Tate, March 10th, 1888



"I notice a bill has come in here for $116.00, dated January 30th. And payable to Mr. A.H. Rennie. The bill is made out against the Edison Machine Works, and notwithstanding that it is dated so long back, it was not received at this office until a day or two ago. ### We have been dunning Mr. Rennie to pay an account which he owes us for some time past, and he has always refused to do so on the grounds that we owed him money. This we have denied repeatedly and it is extremely annoying to find that our denial is false, as a matter of fact. ### You must understand most distinctly that no goods, or work, must be ordered chargeable against us without our permission. If you order people to do work you must order it for your own account and not for our account. If you ant us to meet the bill, we must either order the work done, or else the bill must be formally turned over to us from your books. Irregularities of this character will get us into a very great deal of trouble. Only yesterday Bunnell & Co. called on me at #19 Dey Street, and informed me that they had a big bill, which they had been told when the goods were ordered, we were to pay. The only advices I have as to their account is a letter written by you a month ago, long after the debt had been incurred, and long after a bill had been rendered by Bunnell & Co. ### If the Laboratory people insist in pursuing the course objected to above they will materially hurt our credit." Very truly yours, Sam Insull










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[D8835ABO], Letter from Samuel Insull to Alfred Ord Tate, March 10th, 1888

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