[D8912ABK], Letter from New York Telegraph Club, George E Holbrook to Alfred Ord Tate, November 19th, 1889


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[D8912ABK], Letter from New York Telegraph Club, George E Holbrook to Alfred Ord Tate, November 19th, 1889

Editor's Notes

Some months ago while TAE was in Europe, or rather just before he sailed, he was enthusiastically and unanimously elected an honorary member of our Club. A notice of his election was mailed and we received an acknowledgment from your pen; but we have not yet received a word from TAE since his return home. We presume this is due either to an oversight or to a pressure of business. # We do not wish to annoy TAE in any way ot to be importunate, but we do earnestly desire a short interview with him relative to a subject which is dearest and nearest to every member of the New York Telegraph Club, socially speaking, viz: our annual dinner. # It has been our intention from the birth of our club to make our first annual dinner a banquet in honor of TAE, and we are confident that should he fully understand and appreciate our feeling in the matter and realize the bitter disappointment that would be keenly felt by nearly 300 members of this club at a refusal, that notwithstanding his known repugnance to banquets in general he could hardly find it in his heart to decline to come and sit with us at table, and to shed a little of his lustre over an organization made up of active members of the profession from which he has sprung; every one of whom feel pride in the knowledge that he was one of us. # Carnegie is a member of our Banquet Committee and is enthusiastic on the subject as are others of our honorary members. # We hope that the fact that the French and other "furriners" who have usurped our prerogative and have led him to the brink of indigestion will not make TAE suspicious of us, for we will promise to feed him very sparingly on good wholesome American food and not urge him to drink more than is good for him. # Now Tate will you not kindly use your good offices in our behalf and steer our bark safe and clear of the shoals of disappointment and land us right plump into TAE's good graces and acceptance. As I said before, we don't want to annoy him in any way, but we are awfully anxious to see him, or you, and [----] our [---] idea into good working order.





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