[X154A8DO], Letter from Sigmund Bergmann to Uriah Hunt Painter, December 24th, 1889


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[X154A8DO], Letter from Sigmund Bergmann to Uriah Hunt Painter, December 24th, 1889

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My dear Mr. Painter: I hve been so busy that I did not get time to answer your last letter. If you want to send me some more money either as a loan to the concern or to help me carry Johnson's load, you can do so, but you must do it at once. The trouble is, we started in with not enough working capital, and I have had to buy more machinery and tools right along. Then, again, to get our money from our retial customers takes from three to five months after the goods leave the shop. Of course in a good many cases, people want alterations and changes made, which always take a long time and is a great delya in getting the bills passed through. We are now in such a state that we are turning the corner.##I am fitting up now another floor which I got from Decker, the floor next to top, and it comes just in time, as I need the room. I am also making a big alteration in the shop. I am taking the stairs from the center of the shop, and putting them back behind the elevator. You would not recognize the old shop now when you come on here. It gives us now clean and clear floors and we can see what we are doing.##I have made several big improvements on applances which are admired by everybody, and I am going ahead making tools now, and expect to get something out of them from the Edison General Company.##In regard to the Philadelphia party, the scheme did not go through They would not pay enough cash.##Hoping to hear from you soon, I am Yours truly, S. Bergmann






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