[D8952AAK], Letter from James Dredge to Thomas Alva Edison, January 25th, 1889


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[D8952AAK], Letter from James Dredge to Thomas Alva Edison, January 25th, 1889

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I beg to acknowledge recepit of your favor of the 15th informing me you have honored my draft. I trust you will approve of what I have done in reference to the milling machinery which will be completed in a few days. I have made a contract with a reliable person, to remove partition, reconstruct, and erect the separator, ready for running, except the engine for £67.5.0. As regards the engine, I have felt it best for many reasons to decline the offer made for lending a gas engine. I do not like, & I think you would not like, to be under any obligation, and as it is obvious no one would lend an engine for philanthropic reasons, there must be an axe to grind, & one never knows the aim and ultimate object of the implement. I have therefore preferred to hire an engine, which with a man to drive it will cost £10 a month. The fixing of the engine will be a very small matter. Some [----------] shafting will have to be provided. I have incurred some small expenses, in the service of a gentleman connected with [---] Vantin, as I considered it money well spent. The expense in working will be, apart from Mr. Wiley, the fuel for the engine, water for condensing, and some small incidental expenses. I have been somewhat more careful in arranging the details of this outlay, than if I had been spending my own money, & you will I think be pleased with installation.






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