[LB033058], Letter from Thomas Maguire (Edison Employee) to Edison Lamp Co, John Trumbull Marshall, October 10th, 1889


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"With reference to your letter of 9th instant, requesting me to count over the packages of carbons delivered at the Laboratory by your messenger yesterday and sign enclosed receipt for same, I beg to inform you that heretofore it has not been our [unclear] to sign receipts for fibres received from the Lamp Company. We have a book in this office in which we record the packages or boxes as they come from your Company (specifying the dates on which they are received and returned), but with the contents of same we do not concern ourselves. Thus far this has proven a sufficient check [unclear] all purposes, and we are of the opinion that it is unnecessary for you to impose upon us the task of counting the fibres. I can hardly believe that you expected me to count over the THIRTY THOUSAND, FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY fibres. To the lighting calculators of the Lamp Company, such a task is perhaps as easy as rolling off a log, but to us folk up here, life's too short for an undertaking, the magnitude of which simply appalls us. ### I enclose herewith a receipt for the packages received Oct. 9th, and inasmuch as it requires your messenger to sign receipts for all packages delivered to him, we will in future receipt for those received from you, and would suggest that you send with the boxes a form of receipt for our signature. ### I regret that I am unable to inform you as to how many fibres, and of what size, were received here October 2nd. The book shown that we received one package and one wooden box, but what they contained I do not know. ### Please send your messenger to the Laboratory to-morrow (Friday) morning. There will be a package ready for him." Very truly yours, Thomas Maguire








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[LB033058], Letter from Thomas Maguire (Edison Employee) to Edison Lamp Co, John Trumbull Marshall, October 10th, 1889

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