[LB026242], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Edison Machine Works, April 19th, 1888


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"In reference to your letter 6th inst, which has been awaiting Mr. Edison's attention. He says that the Magnetic Pendulum experiment was necessary in order to obtain certain data in connection with Dynamos and Transformers. ### The experiments conducted prior to January 1st were made on your behalf and with the exception of the balancing box (which Mr. Edison says is very valuable) are being continued. It was quite proper for us to carry forward the charges against these experiments from last year as the arrangement with the Machine Works is that they shall pay for their own work. ### Had the amounts not been billed against you at once they would be charged when the improvements are turned into your words. This would mean carrying a portion of your work in practically a suspense a/c. which is not desirable. ### In regards to explaining exactly what these experiments are, and what bearing they have upon your business, we would suggest that your Mr. Insull obtain this information from Mr. Edison the next time he is in Orange. It is difficult to get Mr. Edison to dictate a full report upon each one. ### We will see that you have credit for any material charged against your experiments that may be sold as scrap or used again in connection with other work. ### We return here with our bills under date March 29/88."








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[LB026242], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Edison Machine Works, April 19th, 1888

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