[LM302082], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate, Edison Manufacturing Co to James F Kelly, December 30th, 1889


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[LM302082], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate, Edison Manufacturing Co to James F Kelly, December 30th, 1889

Editor's Notes

Dear Sir:--I further reference to your letter of 27th instant, in which you state that the North American Phonograph Company complained that they do not receive bills of lading unitl several days after date of shipment, we beg to say that we employ a local expressman at our factory to take boxes to Newark for shipment from there as directed, and he does not return until the next morning with the papers. We will make different arrangements in this connection, so that bills of lading will be sent to New York more promptly.##With regard to their complaint about receiving receipts instead of bills of lading, we have sent bills of lading whenever we could get them, but Express Companies do not issue these. They simply give a receipt, and this we forward to the North American people.##With reference to the [route?] by which we are directed to ship not eing [?] to, the North Am. people evidently refer to their order #234, shipment to Ioa Phonograph Co., Sioux Falls, on which they only [?] "Erie Dispatch."##PARAFFINE OIL. We did not include this in our list of parts because it is a commercial article, and we thought the various phonograph companies would prefer buying it locally. We will reduce the price to twelve cents per bottle, less 30%.##The statement made by the North American Phonograph agent to the effect that we have increased the price of certain parts, is entirely incorrect. If we were to bill this battery at the old scale of prices, allowing for the difference in price of 8 thick zincs, for which we now charge [21?] cents, less 30%, the price of the battery would stand at $11.17, net, instead of $[10.92?], the present figure.##If the North American Company is correct in its statement to the effect that they paid the Phonograph Works only 2 1/2 cents each for rubber lugs, all we can say is, that the Phono Works billed them at something less than half the amount which we charged them on our bills. You, of course, understand that in the pst the routine has been for the Manufacturing Co. to bill batteries and parts against he Phonograph Works, and the latter, in turn, billed against the North Am. Phono. Co. I have written the Phonograph Works, asking them to explain this discrepancy, and will communicate with you when I hear from them.##In regard to square battery boxes, we can make these at the same price as the others, if we receive any encouragement to make them. It costs a great deal more to manufactuer half a dozen at a time than to make up a large quantity. I may also say that if the North American Phonograph Company will give us an order for 1500 or 2,00 cells, we will give them an extra discount on the prices already quoted. At the present moment we have not a single order from them on our books. Yours truly, EDISON MANUFACTURING COMPAY. By A O Tate





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