[D8905AIY], Letter from John J Kiernan to Thomas Alva Edison, December 1st, 1889



Kiernan's Telegraphic Agency My dear Professor! I called upon you today at your little palatial home, and regretted to find you were absent although your charming wife entertained Mr. Albert Pulitzer, and myself who had just called at the same time. The object of my call upon you, was to see if you would favor me with the regret I made of you on Broad Street, some ten days ago. The loan of EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLARS, for thirty or sixty days. As I informed [Les?], my confidential clerk, who I have had with me for the past twelve years had CLEARED out with between FIVE and SIX THOUSAND dollars from the office, and some THIRTY FIVE FUNDRED dollars which I gave HIM to pay OUR taxes, for 1888, upon sixteen houses in Brooklyn--The NEW LAW passed BY YOUR HUMBLE servant in the Senate compel Property holders to pay their taxes after one year or, their Property will be sold at auction by the collector of taxes. It's a bad law but, in as much as myself and my children had considerable Real Estate in Brooklyn I did not want to oppose it--I had my tax receipts with me to today to show you that I had paid a portion of them, with the defaulting sale of interest. We received some FIVE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY DOLLARS per month from the rental--However I am a great deal like yourself too confiding in PEOPLE! If we were not so, WE constantly would be better off for MY DEAR OLD FRIEND, I shall esteem this a great favor and will not forget it, as I have already shown proof that I never forget you when an occasion occur--when I can send you high! Wishing you and yours continued good health and success Believe Me Sincerely Yours, John Kiernan [name mentions: John Kiernan Albert Pulitzer Mrs. Mina Edison Thos Edison Senate Brooklyn ]









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[D8905AIY], Letter from John J Kiernan to Thomas Alva Edison, December 1st, 1889

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