[LB025047C], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Samuel Insull, July 25th, 1887



I have your letter of the 22nd instant in reference to Mr. Edison's signature. ## I think that you ought to be a little more careful, in writing me letters of this nature. In the first place I deny absolutely that I made any attempt to imitate Mr. Edison's signature or that his name as I wrote it bore any resemblance to his autograph. It bears about as much resemblance to it as a landscape painting does to the Statue of Liberty; they are both works of art, but nothing further can be said in regard to them. ## I have no doubt that when you wrote this letter you had an audience before whom you wished to display your powrs of dictaton and criticism, and while I have no objection whatever to yor posing as my censor for your own gratification, I think you should select an issue of a less serious nature than that which you manufactured when writing your letter under reply. I believe that you are the last person in the world who would intentionally do me a personal injury, but you ought to remember that an affair of this kind can very easily be distorted and reflected in an entirely different light from that in which you yourself intend to put it. I shall bring the matter before Mr. Edison myself, as I do not care to have it retailed to him by a third party in the shape of gossip, and such construction placed upon your remarks as in the opinion of such third party may heighten their effect. ## Were it not that I know you did this on the spur of the moment, and without thinking at all of the possible consequences, I should certainly treat it very much more seriously than I intend doing.









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[LB025047C], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Samuel Insull, July 25th, 1887

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