[D8959AFM], Letter from Jonathan Lewis Young to Edison Phonograph Works, October 16th, 1889


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[D8959AFM], Letter from Jonathan Lewis Young to Edison Phonograph Works, October 16th, 1889

Editor's Notes

"Since writing on Saturday last we have been informed by Messrs Stavely & Starr, the Agents for Baldwin Bros of New York, that they have received a Bill of Ladingfor the goods sent per Steamship "Othello". We observe that the charge is at the rate of twenty five shillings per ton, or 40 cubic feet, and we think that if you have, as we asked you to do, bargained for the rates, you have not made such a good bargain for us as we could have wised. We have received a quotation in London from one of the leading Steamship lines of nearly one half that amount; and fearing that some mistake has been made we shall be glad if you will look into the matter and let us know the result. We must call your very serious attention to this shipping business, as a great deal more will depend upon it than you can imagine, and any failure on your part to carry out our orders will have a very prejudicial effect upon our business because we shall be making promises on the strength of your ability to carry them out on our behalf. ##We have during this last week, at different periods, received boxes of attachments, spectacle frames etc. We think these goods could have been put in one case, and they would have thus come to us at much less expense than is now the case. ##We have only just received the ten sets recorders and spectacles, and you have not even advised us of their dispatch from New York. We met insit upon having on each occasion an advice note containing a list of the goods sent, and the cases in which they are to be found. ##It must be obvious to you that in order to conduct our business on anything like reliable lines, we must have information direct from you instead of, as has been the case in regard to the shipment per "Othelle", through third parties. We hope you will endeaver to give this question of shipments your first attention, and as encourage us to regain our confidence in this connection.








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