[VC89031A], Letter from Albert Blake Dick to Alfred Ord Tate, October 21st, 1889


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[VC89031A], Letter from Albert Blake Dick to Alfred Ord Tate, October 21st, 1889

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My dear Tate I arrived home on Saturday morning last, a little worn out by the journey but with a feeling of relief naturally following a realization of the fact that my travels are temporarily at an end. I am in good spirits, and my friends insist upon flattering me by exaggeratted compliments touching the state of my health, which you as a fellow veteran of the late "pleasantness" can fully appreciate. I have just recd another letter from old Dyer and he feels rather more lonely than ever as the days pass along, but says he is trying to divert his mind from the channels of plesant memories of the past few months by renewed devotion to business etc. I do not know exactly what he means by his reference to "etc," but presume that it is some affection of the heart as I understand he has "heart trouble" to an alarming degree. Pooe old man! How fortunate that you and I are not similarly affected. I find business here in a very satisfactory shape, and crowding us, which is of course gratifying to one accustomed to spend money for "victuals and drink." My brother Herman has secured the exclusive agency for the Thorne Type Setting machine for Cook County, and has already sold eight at $1800 each, but he has also put me into a little hole by subscribing $5000.00 of the bonsu for agency in my name, which must be paid on Saturday next. Now, if ocnveninent, and it is not asking too great a favor of you, I would be glad to have you suggest to Mr Edison that a check be sent to me to cover my expenses while abroad, as well as the amount he thinks is doe me for time expended and services rendered. I do not want to appear as trying to hasten such stetlement knowing as I do that he can sed the check at one time as well as another. I believe he would be glad of the oportunity to accommodate me in this emergency. My expenses since April 24th have amount to over $4100.00 besides the $1,000 gtiven me by Mr Edison; Hotel Bill at Hotel Castiglione which you paid; and passage home, which you paid also.-- (This is of course in addition to all personal purchases)--. I will leave it with Mr Edison to determine what he thinks I am enttiled to for services, taking into consideration the whole facts. I trust that you will not find my requenst an unreasonable one, but will git it your early attention. With kinest regards to mrs Tate I am Sincerely Yours A. B. Dick





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