[LB026222], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Noll Bros, April 16th, 1888


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"Your letter 7th inst. advised to Mr. Edison attempting an explanation of the defective wiring of his house has been received. In reply I beg to submit a few statements of fact which will interest you-Trust you are entirely mistaken in presuming that the trouble was caused by changing from the two wire to the three wire system. The insulation was unsafe for any system. ### Second The material used for mains and for the unfinished room back of the Dining Room, in the stable and greenhouse in as underwriters wire. Your statement that this kind of wire is generally used for the class of word in question is absolutely contrary to the facts and it is difficult to credit you with want of knowledge on the subject. The wire referred to has long ago been discarded for concealed work and could have been lighted on the three wire system without any material changes. ### The whole of the work done by the Edison Wiring Co. and recently by their successes the Edison United M'f'g Co., at Mr. Edison's house was solely and exclusively due to the employment of improper material and defective methods of wiring by yourselves. ### And I now beg to inform you that I have notified the Edison United M'f'g Co. that on Mr. Edison's behalf I shall make a claim against [unclear] first class wiring firms as not referred to be an [unclear] wire. ### Third Your attempt to [unclear] the responsibility upon the [unclear] required no comment in as much as the Bureau was organized about a year after you did the work at Mr. Edison's house. #### Fourth If the wiring had been properly done in the first place, using good insulated wire and running wires separate instead of bunching them together, the house could against you for the work which they have performed, and for the work performed by the late Edison Wiring Co, at Mr. Edison's house." Yours truly, A.O. Tate









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[LB026222], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Noll Bros, April 16th, 1888

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