[D8905AAE], Letter from James Dredge to Thomas Alva Edison, January 11th, 1889


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[D8905AAE], Letter from James Dredge to Thomas Alva Edison, January 11th, 1889

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Dear Sir, Your favor of the 31 Dec (by some means I dated by latter October) I enclose you a letter from Col.. Gouraud asking me to pay him 30 pounds sterling advnaced on your actto Mr. Willy. I did not do so and felt that as Col. Gouraud had seen fit to take the matter into his own hands, till you indicated him to the contrary, he had better accept the liability.##As 30 pounds sterling was the only amount Col. Gouraud asked for, and as this sum was about the amount to which Mr. Wiley was established during the time the matter was out of my hands, it seems to me that the remaining 60 pounds sterling, assuming it to have been advanced, is purely a private matter between the two. I shall ask Mr. Wiley about it & let you know.##About another matter. I was in Paris this week on Exhibition business. In the course of+ cconvfersation with M. [Lacretelle?], he expressed his deep regret that you had not erected a pavilion instead of taking room in the machinery Hall, where yourexhibit will be lost, & when the noise & dirt and crowd will be objectionable.##The remark struck me as being very sensible; I asked M. Lacretelle whether in the want of your wishing to put up a pavilion you could do do. He told me it was now too late. But I think that if you bring presurre to bear at once, thro the U.S Commissioner in Paris, it might still be managed, if you desire it. I should be happy to use any influence I might possess in trying this, should you think it useful. My only object in telling you this, is to save you disappointment & to ensure your exhibit being prominently shown. Yours faithfully James Dredge [Name Mentions: Edison James Dredge M. Lantrelle Paris Universal Exhibition Colonel Gouraud ]





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