[D9242ABH], Letter from John Adriance Bush to Alfred Ord Tate, December 13th, 1892


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[D9242ABH], Letter from John Adriance Bush to Alfred Ord Tate, December 13th, 1892





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


Letterhead J. Adriance Bush
New York, December 13th. 1892.
My dear Mr. Tate:
I return herewith Mr. Lombard’s letter of December 10th, which you kindly sent to me for perusal. I fully agree with you that Mr. Lombard’s intentions are all right, but, as you can appreciate, his lack of method is likely to get us into difficulty, unless we keep close watch of financial matters and methods of dealing with Sub-Companies. We have already had two examples of this in the case of the Chicago Phonograph Company and the Minnesota Phonograph Company. I have felt no uneasiness in regard to any of these questions where it was understood that the details should pass under you eye before the final adjustment, but under the present management many things must of necessity be done without consultation with you. Of course it cannot be expected that all matters arising in the Chicago office can be disposed of under your supervision. We can only guard against accidents by receiving frequent reports both as to finances and general business management. I fully appreciate Mr. Lombard’s worth as a pusher and in exploiting machines he will doubtless prove of great value to the Company, but, as I have told you before, I do not think that his executive ability is of a kind that we can always depend upon. This letter I of course regard as personal, although I have not intended in any way to reflect upon the integrity or good intentions of our General Manager.
Yours very truly,
A. O. Tate, Esq.
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