[LB028260], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to William Halsted Wiley, February 18th, 1889


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[LB028260], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to William Halsted Wiley, February 18th, 1889

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"I think you are familiar with the arrangement which we made with Mr. Dredge for supplying your brother with funds, in a manner which would enable him to cover the overdraft of $300 which we discovered in his account. At the time this arrangement was made I wrote your brother, explaining to him fully what Mr. Edison’s wishes were in the matter, and instructing him as to the amounts which Mr. Dredge has been authorized to advance him. In the face of this arrangement, and in direct opposition to Mr. Edison’s orders, your brother made a draft upon Mr. Edison for fifty pounds, which has just been presented for acceptance, and which we have promptly returned. ### The annoyance which this unauthorized draft has caused Mr. Edison resulted in his telegraphing Mr. Dredge to hand your brother a ticket for New York and sufficient money for current expenses, and in a cablegram addressed to your brother, instructed him to return home immediately. ### It is needless for me to express Mr. Edison’s disappointment at this result, and I think you will concur in the belief that when your brother showed signs of thus taking the bit in his teeth and using his connection with Mr. Edison to behind Mr. Dredge and make drafts of his own account, there was nothing left to do but put an end to it by ordering him to return home." 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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