[LB027743], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Edison United Manufacturing Co, January 15th, 1889


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[LB027743], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Edison United Manufacturing Co, January 15th, 1889

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"We desire to invite your earnest attention to the matter of Mr. Burke's underground installation, which was laid either by yourselves or the Edison Wiring Co. The lead covered cable which was used has never, for three consecutive days together, ceased to give us trouble since the time current was turned into it, and matters have reached such a state now, that something radical must be done to improve the present condition of affairs. We are preparing, and will send you in the course of a few days, a bill for the amount which we have expended in maintaining this installation, and until we decide upon some method of adjustment, we think it would be better for all concerned that you should not press for a settlement of the amount due you by Mr. Burke of $614.53. You ought to send some one out here immediately to make a thorough investigation, with the assistance of our Mr. Kennelly, who will show up a condition of affairs that is not very creditable to those who are directly responsible for the same. ### It was certainly not intended by yourselves, and we did not anticipate having to keep two men constantly employed in digging up Mr. Burke's premises for the purpose of making repairs. His out door system must now either be properly repaired or we must refuse to supply current from the Laboratory for that portion of his installation. We have two men on this work now, and we will keep Mr. Burke's lights running until you have had an opportunity to take action in this matter." Yours very truly, AO Tate




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