[LB017085], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Edison Electric Light Co Ltd, June 6th, 1883


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[LB017085], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Edison Electric Light Co Ltd, June 6th, 1883

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I am in receipt of your favor of the 25th of May enclosing statement of account with myself.##The item that you reject of $61.38 has been paid by me; I simply shipped the Engine to you and acted as your Agent in the matter as a matter of courtesy to you; I get no profit whatever out of this work; in fact I am in expense in having my Assistants attend to the details of same, for which I do not charge you. I do not think it is a [tale] just to me for you to refuse to bear the expense referred to on the plea that the account it belongs to has been closed. If the expenses were in connection with an Engine that I had sold to you and made a profit on I should not complain, but considering the circumstances I think I have just cause for objecting to the course you have pursued.##As to the amount of [L]2.5.9 charged me for shorts in Manchester lamps I would remind you that by my contract I can only sell lamps to you or as you may direct. I do not think that you should call on me to accept the charge without any explanation whatever and would again suggest that you should supply me with the details of the amount referred to. My lamps are sold in New York and I cannot be responsible for anything of this character after the goods leave my hands. As to the other three amounts I can only reiterate what I have already said. I consider the amounts charged against me very exhorbitant. In the case of the armatures I am sure there should have been no repacking whatever as they were packed when they left New York and you refused to accept them before the goods arrived in London and were consequently well aware that they were my property and there could have been no reason whatever for opening the cases. The charges on the sockets seem to me very exhorbitant indeed and in fact the whole of this packing and shipping appears to me out of all proportion to the amount charged by us for similar work.##You state that the amounts you charge hardly cover your expenses in this connection and I cannot therefore do anything else but accept them but I must at the same time express my dissatisfaction at having to pay such an exhorbitant sum for what appears to me, from experience here, very little work indeed.##I hope you will reconsider your letter of the 25th of May and send me an amended statement of account which will comply more closely with my ideas of what the charges ought to be.




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