[LB009224], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Edward Gouraud, October 23rd, 1881


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[LB009224], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Edward Gouraud, October 23rd, 1881

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In your letter of August 4th you say nothing whatever about the deductions you made in rendering your account for the Glasgow Royalties I have been waiting to hear from you on the subject but apparently in vain as your letter above referred to is the last i ahve upon English Telephone accounts.##I would draw your attention to my letter of 5th June in which I stated my reasons for objecting to your charging me with the half share of the Commission paid to moore & Stoddard. In my letter to you of 25th July I again drew your attention to the matter and I am very much surprised indeed that you should not have paid the slightest attention to either communication##As to your letter of LAugust 4th you entirely overlook the fact that you sold shares [shares] on your own responsibility. I did not instruct to sell my United Shares before you got them neither did I instruct you to sell 3000 shares. My letter of March 7th clearly stated that I had instructed Mr Renshaw to send the shares to you & you could not by any possible means whatever construe the letter as instructing you to sell shares. Further more there is no mention whatever in my letter of an amount of [2]000 shares being the number you sold. If you were not prepared to take the responsibility of selling you should have made use of the cable. You chose to settle the point for yourself & I cannot for a moment see why you should want me to bear half your loss owing to the mistake. My loss by your selling has already been great enough. If you had held on till you had the shares *which is what you ought to have done [---] my letter of March 7th) I should have been $10,500 better off because the shares would have realized L8.0.0 instead of L7.1.0 each.##I would be glad if you will send me a cable remittance for both these accounts (Glasgow) (London) immediately on the receipt of this letter as I am urgently in need of funds




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