[LB020315A], Letter from Samuel Insull to Edward Hibberd Johnson, June 3rd, 1885


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[LB020315A], Letter from Samuel Insull to Edward Hibberd Johnson, June 3rd, 1885

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On the 11th. Of June 1884, a Committee from the Shamokin Co. agreed on a basis of settlement of their differences with the Light Co, and the Construction Dept., and the mem. Referring to this agreement is on the files of the Light Co. Under that agreement the Construction Dept. accounts were recognized and arrangments made for the Construction Dept. to supply the Shamokin Company with certain material at cost taking back other material and giving credit for same, the result being that the Shamokin Co. are indebted to Mr. Edison for $2, 258.45. We find it absolutely impossible to get any satisfaction from the Shamokin Co. They not only do not pay our Bills, but they leave our request for payment entirely unnoticed. The last letter we sent them we had registered so as to be sure of its delivery. There is no excuse whatever for the Shamokin Co. keeping Mr. Edision out of his money, and, inasmuch as the Edison Electric Light Co. was a party ot the mem. Of agreement with relation to the accounts, I appeal to you to obtain for us a settlement from the Shamokin Co. ## The Bellefonte Co. owe Mr. Edison $1,256, 42. They do not dispute this account. In fact they have acknowledged it in their correspondence with us, and some time back they sent us a check for $500 on account. Although the Bellefonte Co. cannot find money to pay Mr. Edison a bill which has been standing about 18 months, they are somehow able to raise money to increase their plant. Cannot you do something for us as to this company also.## Mr. Edison has instructed me to go ahead and get a settlement of our outstanding accounts as quickly as possible. The two above referred to seem to be the most aggravted cases and unless we get some kind of satisfaction from the Shamokin and the Bellefonte companies it is my intention to urge upon Mr. Edison the necessity of placing the two accounts in the hands of our lawyer. For your information I give you below a complete list of the indebtedness of local companies to the Construction Dept. This is after I have made every possible kind of allowance that convenience could demand of us. ## Edison El. Ill. Co. Tiffin $1, 725, 77 ## Mt. Carmel 2, 813,00 ## Newburgh 415,99 ## Bellefonte 1,256, 42## Hazelton 762, 45 ## Piqua 1, 134, 00 ## Fall River 197, 95 ## Shamokin 2, 238, 45 ## Sunbury 2, 416, 68 {Total =} $12, 960.71




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