[D8966ADG], Letter from William S Logue to Alfred Ord Tate, October 31st, 1889


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[D8966ADG], Letter from William S Logue to Alfred Ord Tate, October 31st, 1889

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Your telegram of this date saying "I have already arranged for test of soda battery on Morse wire Penna Railroad between Jersey City and Phila" was sent to me at Huntington today. We beg to confirm reply to say.####A O. Tate Orange NJ.####New York Division entirely out of Mr Pettits territory. Shall I arrange to put up battery at Phila, answer Altoona signed WS Logue####Logue####I wrote you last pm in reference to the interview I had with Mr Pettit in regard to the Soda battery and that he had asked me to call on his Phila people, and that I had promised to do so.####You will appreciate the position that I am placed in when you fully understand the status of the PRR in Phila.####Mr Pettit is Genl Supt of the Main Line Division of the Road is between Pittsburgh and Phila. Mr Jackson is Genl Supt of the NY Division New York to Phila, neither gentleman has an idea officially what either do unless of course it is a joint matter. The Main Line people may hear unoffiially about the battery being at Jersey City but not otherwise. Mr Ettenger cannot get the officcial endoresement of the Main Line people of anything that is tried at the Jersey City end. To place the case more fully I will try to illustrate it in this ---.A party goes to Mr Edison and offers to place an arrangement in the Laboratory for trial, Mr Edison sends-him to Mr kennelly to arrange the details, before the party, [says?] Mr Kennelly, another party arranges with Mr Insull to place the arrangement at Bergmann & Cos. How in the world is the first party going to fix the matter with Mr Edison, without leaving a rather, bad impression of the person by whom he was sent as well as himself. Mr Edison would naturally feel not friendly the next time he was called on by a representation of the original promoter of the scheme. This is my position exactly and I trust that I may be allowed to arrange to put the battery on the Main Line wires at Phila.####I know you do not care to offend any of the Altoona people.####I expect to leave here on Saturday morning and should like to hear from you before that time. Please telegraph me####Yours truly####W.S. Logue####[name mentions: A.O. Tate, W.S. Logue, A.E. Kennelly, Robert Pettit, Thos Edison, Sam Insull, Bergmann & Co, Mr. Jackson Genl Supt of NY Division, Pennsylvania Railroad, Mr. Ettenger]





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