[HM89ABO], Letter from Josiah Custer Reiff to Thomas Alva Edison, July 10th, 1889


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[HM89ABO], Letter from Josiah Custer Reiff to Thomas Alva Edison, July 10th, 1889

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["Letter from J.C. Reiff, dated July 10, 1889. Refer to Mr. Insull before opening."] "I hear you are going to Europe-- and very glad yo go under such different circumstances as compared with 1873. Now you go full of honor & reputation & large Bank a/c behind you. How differently the years have treated me. ## What I want to say is this: I have three old suits against me growing out of monies expended in Automatic. They involve some $28,000. Of cours had all gone well I could have paid the suits. ## Other claims not in judgment again me I have been paying off as rapidly as I could keeping my nose to the grindstone. I have nothing. The only thin I have saved is the confidence good will of my real friends. I am now under an order of court to be examined in supplemntary proceedings. If I could [shirk?] it of course I am publicly ruined, as the street considers me all off. If this house of W & Co. knew of this proceeding I would necessarily break my connection & lose my position. ## I believe I can settl [this? judgment & [illeg] my hands for $10,000 in money or about 33 per cent. ## What will you do? ## I will not press it but simply call to mind the old days when it was my privilege to draw checks & you know my check book was open to you as long as there was anything in the bank. THIS IS ONLY FOR YOU."




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