[LB031355], Letter from Samuel Insull to Benjamin F Stevens, July 20th, 1889


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[LB031355], Letter from Samuel Insull to Benjamin F Stevens, July 20th, 1889

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Mr. Edison requests me to acknowledge your several favors to him. The delay in replying to your letters is owing partly to the fact that Mr. Edison has been away, and partly to the fact that inasmuch as his Private Secretary is absent, his correspondence has to wait until such time as I can spare a day to attend to it. Under the circumstances you will, therefore, accept Mr. Edison's apologies for not replying earlier. ### We shall doubtless hear form Mr. Tate before long as to exactly what Mr. Dick was able to find out in Sonneberg with relation to some dolls having been ordered there. Up to this writing we have no further information than that already possessed by you. ### I have seen a number of men who are anxious to occupy the position as Gen'l. Manager of your Company, but none of them has impressed me so well as Mr. Allen, who came with a letter of introduction from you to Mr. Edison this morning. Mr. Allen had a long talk with Mr. Edison and myself, and I have got all of his references, some of which are well known business people in New York; others are parties connected with the doll trade. I will hunt up these references on Monday and Tuesday, and will go to Boston and see you, with Mr. Allien, either on Wednesday or Thursday night. Will you please let me know by return mail at the United Edison Manufacturing Co., No. 44 Wall St., New York, whether you will be at your office on Wednesday and the balance of the week. ### I am strongly of the opinion that in order to get the doll business well started, your Company should appoint a Manager, and let him take hold of the work and push it at all points. Of course I will do everything I possibly can to assist him, and will in the general interest keep a run of the business here in New York; but my time is so much occupied with Mr. Edison's numerous interests that it is practically impossible for me to give any detailed daily attention to a matter of this kind, and, of course, in order to catch the next Christmas market it will require constant and unremitting work on the part of the Manager of the Company. Yours truly, Saml Insull




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