[D8938AAZ], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to William Dennis Marks, July 20th, 1889


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[D8938AAZ], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to William Dennis Marks, July 20th, 1889

Editor's Notes

I have your favor of July 16th.##At the time the arrangement was made with you to become Engineer in Chief of our new Company, I had no idea that you expected to be held alone responsible to myself and Mr. Villard. I am not an official of the Edison General Company, and in any event every officer of a Company must, of necessity, be held accountable to the company itself through its proper representatives. I understand that your objection is to working under Mr. Herrick's direction. Mr. Herrick is the Vice-President of the General Company. The Vice-President takes the position of the President when he is not there, and as Mr. Villard does not pretend to attend to the details of the General Edison Co's business, it necessarily follows that all officials of the Company have to report to the vice-President, Mr. Herrick. If you have misunderstood the nature of the position that you would occupy, I am indeed sorry.##With reference to the suggestion you make as to your resigning, this is a matter that so far as I am personally concerned, I prefer to leave entirely to yourself. However much I would like to see you remain an officer of the Edison General Electric Company, I would not for one moment be inclined to urge you to stay against your own wishes.##Yours very truly, (signed) Thomas A. Edison.




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