[D8952AAT], Letter from James Dredge to Thomas Alva Edison, February 8th, 1889


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[D8952AAT], Letter from James Dredge to Thomas Alva Edison, February 8th, 1889

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I have your favor of Jany 29. I was quite convinced that Mr. Osgood Wiley was lying to me when he explained the reason of his having drawn £60 in excess from Col. Gouraud; however I was bound to accept his statement and await information from you. Your new information shall be carried out strictly, and I now understand your wishes as to showing the machine. We shall have a man with it tomorrow, and have everything in order next week. The time taken over it seems to have been very long but people do things slowly here, and one has to get an Act of Parliament almost before you can touch a brick. I trust you will find the expense incurred not excessive. The last paragraph of your letter suggest an explanation which I should I think offer to you. The only reasons why I have acted on your account in this one separator matter, are, first because I understand that Mr. W.H. Wiley has or will have some substantial interest in it; & second, because I am pleased to be able to render you a service. But I do not wish to have any interest in the business myself, and have no intention whatever of either suggesting to, or accepting from, you, any possible benefit or participation. If the little I may be able to do, results in your arrangement with Mr. W.H. Wiley being satisfactory to him, & in the establishment of pleasant relations with yourself, I shall be more than repaid for any trouble I may take. It may perhaps sound somewhat presumptuous on my part to decline anything that has not been offered, but I have seen so much of people seeking to couple their name with yours, for their own personal benefit, that I feel somewhat emotional on the subject, & anxious to assure you, that I am not in the least activated by any desire for personal benefit or profit. I will send you some photographs of your little installation next week.





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