[LB030470], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Sherburne Blake Eaton, June 20th, 1889


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[LB030470], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Sherburne Blake Eaton, June 20th, 1889

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I enclose herewith contract between Mr. Edison and The Edison Ore Milling Co., L't'd., under date 14th day of October, 1887. When this contract was made, it was contemplated that Mr. Edison would conduct experiments for the purpose of perfecting processes for the extraction of metals from ores, and that he would spend on these experiments a sum not exceeding $25,000, which was to be repaid to him after his experiments resulted successfully. Since this contract was executed, Mr. Edison has given a great deal of attention to his Ore Milling process, both for the wording of iron ores and ores containing precious metals. I beg to call your attention to the Fourth Clause of this contract, a portion of which reads:##"In case he (Edison) should succeed, however, in devising a practical system for the extraction of precious metals from ores, tailings, gravel and other deposits, all moneys advanced by him for the purposes aforesaid shall be repaid by the Company &c."##Referring more particularly to the words "precious metals," quoted above, Mr. Edison has spent a great deal of money in perfecting his Ore Milling process for iron concentration and I would like to know if under this agreement Mr. Edison has a right to demand payment from the Ore Milling Co. for this work? The contract [unclear] to say that he must perfect a process for the extraction of precious metals, but perhaps a general construction would cover the work above referred to. Yours very truly, AO Tate




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