[LB027965], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Osgood S Wiley, January 29th, 1889


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[LB027965], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Osgood S Wiley, January 29th, 1889

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"I have received your letter of 17th inst., in regard to overdraft of your account, which amounts to some $300 on cabs. However, I do not dare to inquire where the money went to, but I am very sorry that you have been so indiscreet as to pile up so large an indebtedness. Of course it is entirely impossible for me to keep these matters from Mr. Edison. I am handling his business, not my own. In your letter under reply you make no suggestion in regard to repaying this money, beyond communicating your intention to reduce Mrs. Wiley's allowance. She draws at present $20 per week. I regret very much that you have not explained this matter fully to [unclear] him frankly that your account was $300 overdrawn. It was simply absurd or you to tell him that the money [unclear] you for the purposes of executing a commission which you had been given by Mr. Edison. It makes it more difficult for me to arrange the matter now. However, what I propose doing is this: [unclear] I will instruct Mr. Dredge to pay you four pounds per week, which you must make sufficient for your living expenses. This will enable me to credit your account with two pounds per week of the amount originally allowed you for expenses. You must not draw any of your salary yourself. I will pay Mrs. Wiley such portion of your salary as you may now determine to give her, and the balance will be credited to your account, together with two pounds per week from your expense allowance. In this way you will in time refund the amount of your overdraft. Let me know at once how much we are to pay Mrs. Wiley. I have to-day written Mr. Dredge as to the payments he is to make you." Yours very truly, A.O. Tate





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