[VC89029A], Letter from Engineering, James Dredge to Thomas Alva Edison, February 23rd, 1889


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[VC89029A], Letter from Engineering, James Dredge to Thomas Alva Edison, February 23rd, 1889

Editor's Notes

Now that Mr. Osgood Wiley has left, I think it best to close up the act 7 the date of his departure, so as to start fresh. I therefore enclose statement, and I am drawn upoin you for the sum of L63.10.0 You will notice that I have not included the L12 paid Mr. O'Driscoll because as I told you in a recent letter I had incurred this expense without your authority but only because it was an absolute necessity.##The expenses remaining to be met are the small balance of Wingate's act; the act for fixing the engine, a light bucket elevator for raising the ore into the hopper, and various fees for licenses, insurances, surveryors changes &c. The only thing Mr. Wiley had to do --putting the electrical connections, he left without doing, so that will have to be paid for. It seems to me that a great deal of money has been spent for a very small result but I have done my best to keep the cost down.##If you will allow me to suggest, their does not appear the least necessity for sending anyone to replace Mr. Wiley. Any one with common intelligence can work the machine and it is easy to have a mechanic to attend to the engine, & dynamo. The expense for superintendance, showing the installation, receiving people &c &c will then be limited to the L10 a month for engine hire & mechanic & L4 from superintendence; if you adopt this view you may be quite sure of the matter being well looked after. I may point out that the expenses with which I have had to charge you up to date, have been only about L65, the large balance over which I had no control having been literally and absolutely wasted.





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