[LB024273], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to William S Logue, March 25th, 1887


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[LB024273], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to William S Logue, March 25th, 1887

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I have received your various letters from Chicago and Detroit. ## Drafts## If you cannot get your drafts cashed by a bank me will send you a check, certified or telegraph you money. We would much prefer that you should not ask any person to cash your drafts execpt as purely a matter of business.## Loan ## Mr. Insull will be in town tomorrow (Sunday) and I will bring this matter before him. Up to the present matters here have been in such a condition that I did not consider it to your advantage to broach the subject. I will write you the result on Monday. ## {Illegible} Estimate ## You state that Mr. {illegible} claims he can expect shares @ $26 to $28 per {illegible} Box Relays $7.50 and that he is going to put up a wire 66 miles in length. We will assume there are 6 offices on it, you do not state the number. The figures are as follows: <breakdown of figures below> ## The appreciation on a mouse wire a great deal heavier than 5% and the figures I set for maintenance are done. ##The phone investment is only one fifth that of the mouse and phone maintenance but two thirds of the mosue. Besides this phone circuits cannot be left open--are not impaired by crosses can be discountinued at any time and all expense in connection with them will cease--instruments can be transferred to either lines with but light expense. ## These advantages should bear weight in considering the two systems. Our royalities are not high and we cannot under any circumstances consider the point of reducing them. ## Detroit Circuit## We are glad to know that the Detroit circuit is in better shape. From your more recent letters we infer that you do not require a relay. ## Baltimore Check## We greatly regret the delay which occurred in sending a check to Mr. Logue. The writer unleased the matters in areas of business. ## {illegible} plant in Chicago## We do not come to go to the expense of putting up an {illegible} plant in Chicago. The arrangment we are willing to make with any company that desires to do business viz: to make the acceptance of a circuit depend not upon its satisfactory operation, is we consider {illegible} and meets all the advantages which could be derived from an exhileration (?) circuit. ## Fire Alarm Circuit## {Illegible} understanding the matter better I cannot say whether or not we could operate on the phone on a fire alarm tel wires the written will discuss this with you when he sees you in Detroit. I expect to be in Detroit next week. ## Ill (?) Central Ckt.## The length of this circuit--the peculiar arrangement required-and the excessive number of offices would prevent our implementing it satisfactorly. ## We can {illegible} effect the arrangement were the other obstructions in the way.## We have authorized you to draw today for one hundred dollars at one days sight (?). I will let you know when I am to stand for the {illegible}.






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