[LB009221], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Edward Gouraud, October 23rd, 1881


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[LB009221], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Edward Gouraud, October 23rd, 1881

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After several cables to Johnson & yourself I at last got yours as follows##Ship immediately three sixty light complete outfit without power cable price and steamer Drexel advised.##To which I today replied##Three plants will cost twenty two hundred forty five dollars. will cable shipment. Am filling your order for twenty. Drexel only instructed pay for three Answer##Almost a month intervened between your order for twenty machines & the receipt of your above quoted cable. On the receipt of your first cablegram I ordered the stock for your machines & set my shop at work on them. Your long silence caused me considerable inconvenience as your not being punctual in answering my inquiry as to how I was to get payment made no difference to my creditors who sent in their bills with that same charming regularity as is their want.##I have very heavy accounts to meet every week which of course is natural with a very large & consequently expensive shop, my resources of manufacture are [taxed] to their utmost & therefore if you want machines you must back up your orders by promptly saying where I am to get my were I a millionaire I should not be quite so sharp after such things but as I am not & have to stand personally a weekly expenses of from $20,000 to $25,000 I have to take very great care to keep myself out of what would be a very big hole.##Furthermore you must remember that the countries you control have got to be operated in very [acquiously] or else it will be the same as it has been in many instances in Telephones - others will occupy the ground before us.




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