[D8835ADC], Letter from Samuel Insull to Alfred Ord Tate, June 12th, 1888


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[D8835ADC], Letter from Samuel Insull to Alfred Ord Tate, June 12th, 1888

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"I have your favor of the 11th. Inst. With relation to insulation. What I told you was, that Mr. Livor has told me that Mr. Batchelor stated that Mr. Edison had given the Edison Machine Works an insulation which was perfect, beign moisture proof and fire-proof. Previously in writing Mr. Batchelor had informed me of this, and requested that we send some body to the Laboratory to see it tested. Mr. Kruesi went to the Laboratory and an insulation was not produced which was fire-proof and moisture-proof. I think before talking about tests before the Board of Fire Underwirters, we should have some of the insulation here, to put it on wire and then send some samples of the wire back to the Laboratory and have them tested thoroughly. Of couse Mr. Edison has not the facilities at the Laboratory to make up the wire in the manner that we would be compelled to make it for commercial purposes, and the condition of the test therefore should be the condition under which we would sell the material. After such test has been made, and if we are confident that we can come out ahead of every other manufacturer, then make the test by all means, but if others could possibly show up something just as good as ours, it would be a big mistake to make any such exhibition. ### I had been wanting to come out to see Mr. Edison about this, and other matters, but I hesitated to do so as I have to take very good care of my health. The last time I visited the Laboratory I suffered intensely for several days thereafter,owing to the fact that the Jersey Blue Laws prevents one getting a meal anywhere after crossing the ferry, and I did not feel myself at liberty to beg for one after I had reached Orange. I will, however, go out the next time I go to New York, but will be careful to take my lunch along this time." Yours very truly, Saml Insull [Marginalia: "OK E"]





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