[VC89028G], Letter from Joseph H. Taft to Thomas Alva Edison, March 3rd, 1889


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[VC89028G], Letter from Joseph H. Taft to Thomas Alva Edison, March 3rd, 1889

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In regard to the claim made by Mr Everett for extra brick work in the foundation of the Laboratory Building I have to report as follows;##1st. I did not know that Everett claimed any extra work until the work was nearly completeed, and all foundation work covered up as it was impossible to take any measurements, unless by digging a trench around the building. At thistime I was informed by Mr Holly that the change in grade necessitated the addition of two feet extra foundation under the entire building. At this time I also saw Mr Harry C Fairchild to see if he could give me any data, he then told me he had none whatever; yet I see by the enclosed communication to Mr H. H. Holly he stated, that a the time he left the work there was 2662 Cubic feet of extra brick work, and then nullified the statement, by saying that the count is of no value unless followed by those that had charge of the work after he left. I refer to this as it seemed impossible to get any account of this work from any parties interested before I took charge of the work. Neither could I get any information from Mr Holly's Office in regard to the original grade or foundation plan, excepting as above stated.##About Jan. 1st Mr Tate wrote me that Mr Everett was going to test his claim, and that you wanted the question thoroughly investigated. I went to the Laboratory and made a number of excavations, measuring the foundation from top of the Footing course to underside of the floor beams, and since then I have succeeded in getting a copy of the plan of the grading.##I have figured the Foundation walls as measured with excavations made and find--14069 Cu. Ft I have figured the walls as shown in plans 12047 {Cu ft] The difference 2022 Cu. Ft is all that Mr Everett can claim as extra work. Allowing 21 bricks to the Cubic foot this would make 42462 bricks.




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