[LB047191], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Edison Phonograph Works, February 2nd, 1891


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[LB047191], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Edison Phonograph Works, February 2nd, 1891




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


February 2, 1891.
Edison Phonograph Works,
Orange, N.J.
Dear Sirs:-
In reply to your letter of 31st ultimo in regard to orders from the Laboratory, I find that Mr. Edison and Mr. Ballou together arrange for work to be commenced in your factory for which you ought to receive written orders. Mr. Edison’s time is too valuable for us to expect him to arrange personally for written requisitions. When anything is required to be done in such cases as this the person to whom Mr. Edison gives instructions is responsible for and must be required to obtain a written order from the Laboratory. You should have Mr. Ballou report to your any work that Mr. Edison requires to be carried out, after which obtaining a requisition in writing from here is a very simple matter; but this arrangement does not include any person whatsoever connected with the Laboratory excepting Mr. Edison, and I will be glad if you will refuse to commence work upon the verbal request of any [illegible text] of our employees acting either in their own or in Mr. Edison’s [need?].
Yours very truly,
A. O. Tate
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