[D8938AAX], Letter from William Dennis Marks to Jacob Hobart Herrick, July 15th, 1889


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[D8938AAX], Letter from William Dennis Marks to Jacob Hobart Herrick, July 15th, 1889

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[Enclosure to D8938AAW ]: Referring to our verbal interview on Friday last, in which you asked me to relinquish in toto to Mr. Leonard, General Manager, United Edison Mfg. Company, the engineering and estimating work of isolated plants and of cash central stations, I would say in reply, that it will be a welcome relief to me to transfer this business to Mr. Leonard, as you desire, provided, that in any work of sufficient magnitude to demand specifications, drawings, and blue prints or the services of a professional engineer, this work is to be done by the organized corps of engineers and draughts men now employed by this company, under my directions, and that I retain the right of inspection and thorough investigation at all times and of calling a halt in cases that for any reason I deem the work or manner of conducting it prejudicial to the interest of this Company, either directly or by reflex action on its larger undertakings.####If upon consultation with Messrs Villard and Herrick, any cchanges are deemed desirable my instructions are to be carried out.####I mean by this to offer Mr. Leonard the largest liberty possible in consonance with my loyal services to this Company as Engineer in Chief and Technical assistant to Pres't.####Up to the present date, for economical reasons. I have kept the unemployed members of my own staff busy on neglected estimates of isolated work, which are now brought up to date.####If this middle ground is satisfactory to you, I will as you request today transfer to Mr. Leonard all the isolated work and give a summer-vacation to such employee of my Department as can be spared until central station work demands their presenxe here. I would like to have the vacation business done with.####If however, my suggestions which go as far as my agreement with Mr. Edison and Mr. Villard, will permit--do not meet with your approval, I shall be pleased to abide by the written decision of Messrs. Villard and Edison, to whom I am directly responsible, by my agreement, of February 25th. 1889.####I am, Most truly yours####Wm. D. Marks####Engineer in chief & Technical Assistant to the Pres't.####[name mentions: Wm D Marks, T.A. Edison, J.H. Herrick, Villard, Leonard, Edison Mfg. Company




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