Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903

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This letterbook contains tissue copies of the outgoing correspondence dating from 1899 to 1903 of inventor and manufacturer E. E. Hendrick (1832-1909). Although nominally dealing with his actions as president of the Hendrick Manufacturing Company, most of the letters concern personal business, such as purchases of household goods and cigars. Most importantly, they reveal Hendicks' interest in early automobiles, with correspondence with dealers and suppliers. Hendrick tried both electric and steam automobiles, and many of the letters are in the nature of complaints over such things as inadequate horsepower, poor riding quality, or the wrong size of tires. The letterbook has not been digitized in its entirety. The online collection comprises only the correspondence relating to automobiles. Click here for a detailed description of the letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick.

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E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick writes to follow-up on the automobile order he made on June 22. The company said it would take 40 to 50 days to deliver. He writes on the 53rd day since his order, When am I to have my machine?, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick writes to say he had hoped to have the electric carriage for his September vacation. He wonders if they have obtained the channel irons and asks if they will be able to send the automobile by the 1st of October., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick writes of his disappointment that the vehicle will not be shipped before the end of September. He takes the opportunity to tell them that the voltage of the new power the Electric Light Company put in and from which he will charge the automobile is direct current, 220 Volts., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick writes to follow-up his automobile order, now due around the end of October., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick fears he will not have the vehicle before the end of the year. He complains that he expected an 1899 machine, but by the time he gets it is will be a back number because automobiles will be very much improved for next year. He plans to be in California on vacation for about two months and queries about the possibility of having the automobile sent there., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to A. P. Trautwein
Hendrick asks Trautwein to look up his automobile if he should go to Chicago, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
L. A. Bassett to American Electric Vehicle Company
Bassett writes to say that their letter to Mr. Hendrick has been received. He agrees that they should equip the automobile with the best breaking devices, as decided during the previous weeks' visit to the factory--at no extra charge., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick asks them to order a rheostat suitable for reducing 220 volt current to 115 and inquires about an extra battery. He adds that he still hopes to be first in the field as one of Wood's automobiles was delivered a few days before but was wrecked unloading., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick instructs the company to ship the vehicle via D. L. & W and D. & H. He also wishes to confirm that the company will send a man with the vehicle to instruct about the running of the roundabout and to stay until he is master of the machine., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick writes that he understood from their representative at the fair in New York last year that the vehicles were sold on approval and an expert would be sent with the vehicle and stay at no extra cost until the vehicle was accepted or rejected., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to J. G. McKinney
Hendrick ends this business letter by asking McKinney about his dealings with the American Electric Vehicle Company. Hendrick enumerates their failures in his own dealings with them., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick writes to insist they send an expert with the car. He is quite dissatisfied with the company's failure to fulfill this and other promises., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Locomobile Company of America
Hendrick writes of his interest in purchasing a locomobile with two seats. H. Warren Cram gave him a ride in one when he visited their place the week before. Hendrick has received their catalogue which includes the Locosurrey. He wants to know if it can be had with a larger reservoir, if $1200 is the best price, and how soon he can expect it to be delivered after ordering., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick writes asking them to send Mr. Hale back to help with the machine. The machine had been out of order during the 2 or 3 weeks Hale had been there and so Hendrick was unable to test the machine to his satisfaction., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to J. G. McKinney
Hendrick ends this business letter with two paragraphs about the result of his experiment with the electric car and of his views on the steam vehicle. Hendrick considers how many miles each machine will go and the cost of the steam vehicle., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick writes to inform the company that the vehicle is not satisfactory. He feels that one of the problems is that the battery needs a full charge to get up hills. He declares the vehicle would be all right in cities with paved, flat streets, but is useless to him. He holds the vehicle for their disposal., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick reiterates that he is not satisfied with the vehicle. Hendrick names some of the problems: he cannot make a round-trip to Scranton on one charge; Hale was afraid of the newly worked roads to the Lake; and the front tires are worn out. If the company will send new front wheel tires, he will consider keeping the vehicle, even though he is dissatisfied and it does not fulfill their guarantee., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Locomobile Company of America
Hendrick announces his intention to purchase a carriage style 05 to carry 4 passengers. He questions the size of the boiler and engine relative to the weight of the carriage. Hendrick would like the carriage with a larger boiler and engine., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Locomobile Company of America
Hendrick asks eight specific questions about the 05 style, from the speed of the model to type of fuel., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick inquires about the replacement tires for the front wheels of the automobile., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick writes about the wear on the tires. He describes their deteriorating condition in detail and notes that the hind wheels are being affected in the same way. Hendrick promises to return the old tires once the new ones have arrived so that the company may see just how they look., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick orders a two seated automobile. He adds that if he likes the carriage he might sell them and encourage the young men who work with him to sell them, too. There is a handwritten postscript., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to H. G. Osburn, American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick addresses H. G. Osburn, Superintendent of the company. Hendrick refuses to send the tires until he has some to replace them. He encloses pieces of the wheels to show the wear. Hendrick admits that the tires might still be serviceable, although they are not pretty any more., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to S. C. Lyman, Bar Harbor Banking & Trust Company
Hendrick writes to S. C. Lyman, treasurer of the company, to inquire about the responsibility and standing of the Bar Harbor Automobile Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Thomas Searls, First National Bank
Hendrick writes to Thomas Searls, Cashier, to inquire about the responsibility and standing of the Bar Harbor Automobile Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick writes in reference to a four passenger automobile. He would like to have springs in the vehicle that are softer than springs are ordinarily. Hendrick offers a comparison on the springs of several different vehicles. He ends the letter refusing to send advanced payment based on the experience he has had with the American Electric Vehicle Company. Hendrick notes that Boston Automobile Company is not quoted in R. G. Dun & Company's Mercantile Agency., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to J. G. McKinney
Hendrick ends this business letter by inquiring about McKinney's automobile., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to N. E. Rice
Hendrick offers to sell his electric automobile to Rice because he has decided to purchase a two seated, (that is 4 passenger) automobile., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick sends a telegram warning the company, Don't you do it., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick references the telegram he sent in the morning. He then enumerates his complaints which include two mechanical issues in addition to the tires. Hendrick assures the company he will pay the balance when the listed problems are corrected., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Paul Hunt
Hendrick writes Hunt to inquire about the responsibility and standing of the Bar Harbor Automobile Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick's inquiries into the company's standing have not been answered to his satisfaction. He will not advance money for a carriage until the company can prove that he is safe in advancing them money., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Burr
Hendrick discusses his automobile in the first paragraph of this social correspondence. He notes that Bassett has written an account of his visit to the Boston Automobile Company which looks all right. Hendrick mentions a busted tire and contemplates returning the automobile. A handwritten postscript notes that he has a new stenographer, female variety., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to [Goodyear] Tire & Rubber Company
Hendrick writes to Goodyear as instructed by the American Electric Vehicle company, in order to exchange the old tires for a new set. Hendrick discusses the specifications of the old tires and inquires about solid tires as compared to pneumatic ones. He asks that they send the tires as soon as possible for he has become accustomed to the vehicle for a little runabout., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Paul Hunt
Hendrick assures Hunt that he wants to do business with him, but will not forward the money until he receives a satisfactory report of [their] rating., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to J. G. McKinney
Hendrick devotes the second half of this business letter to a discussion of automobiles. He ends the discussion asking, as instructed by Mrs. Smith, if Mrs. McKinney has run the automobile., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Hendrick writes to Goodyear upon realizing that the hind wheels are larger than the forward wheels. Consequently he requests two extra tires, one of each size, rather than the previous order of one., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick re-sends an inquiry about the ability to adjust the regulator in the automobile. He also notes that he has sent the old tires to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Hendrick is surprised that Goodyear has apparently rejected his specifications. He agrees that Goodyear should furnish him with a new set of tires as [they] think they ought to be made, with all haste., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick resends the text of his August 1, 1900 letter in response to a letter received from American the previous day. Hendrick proposes that he will return the vehicle and forfeit the advance if they agree., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Hendrick writes that he has not received the new tires as of yet., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Hendrick is deeply disappointed that he has not yet received the promised tires., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Hendrick writes that he has received the new tires. He notes the new tires have the same specifications as the ones he returned. Hendrick quotes from a letter he received from Goodyear in which the company stated these tires were not made for such a vehicle as they were put on, and they will not do the work satisfactory., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Hendrick expresses his dissatisfaction with Goodyear's actions in regards to his request for the proper tires., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to John Wanamaker
Hendrick writes to confirm that Wanamaker keeps a stock of automobiles. If that is so, Hendrick expresses his interest in a small steam runabout that could be delivered right away., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick encloses a copy of the Goodyear letter he meant to send the day before, and also corrects a statement made by Mr. Hale. Ultimately, Hendrick wishes to receive shipping directions in order to return the vehicle., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick writes to follow up on his automobile order. Anticipating its completion he sends shipping directions as follows, Boston & Maine, Boston & Albany and D. & H., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick writes to inquire when the automobile will be ready to ship., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Electric Vehicle Company
Hendrick is truly dissatisfied, especially after the problems with acquiring new tires from Goodyear. He no longer wants an automobile which he considers a fake with makeshift tires., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Hendrick writes to ask if American Electric Vehicle ordered Goodyear to send him tires and why they were sent C.O.D., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick still does not have the carriage. The bill of lading he has received seems suspect and he has not had a reply to his request to have the vehicle traced. Hendrick declines to pay the bill until the arrival of the vehicle., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Frank Hendrick
Hendrick asks Frank to recall all he can about the conversation with the Automobile man in reference to the tires and other problems., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Hendrick wishes to know if Goodyear would be able to send an expert on short notice should one be required to testify., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Paul Hunt, Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick reprimands Paul Hunt and the company for not following shipping directions. Hendrick reminds Hunt that he has not received the duplicate bill of lading he requested. He instructs Hunt to keep the wires hot and track down the missing automobile., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Portland Mt. Desert & Machiss Steam Boat Company
Hendrick addresses W. H. Sanders, General Freight Agent, requesting help to find his automobile. Hendrick recounts the search for the vehicle, shipped incorrectly by the Boston Automobile Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick orders a condenser in this handwritten copy. He also inquires about the possibility of an air pump operated by the engine for it seems altogether too much of a job to do it by hand., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick requests information about a condenser and an auxiliary hand pump., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick requests the Automatic Air-pump described in their catalogue and describes why he believes it will be an improvement., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick asks for direction in order to improve the steam-making qualities of his automobile., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Frank Hendrick
Hendrick accedes to Frank's request to look into the manufacture of the Locomobile as long as it does not cost too much., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick complains that the boiler does not make steam sufficient to run the carriage satisfactorily. The vehicle does not go up hills faster than the electric. Hendrick questions whether another feeder on the boiler would help it to produce more steam., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to J. G. McKinney
Hendrick begins this business letter with a paragraph about his automobiles. He compares his current steam carriage to the electric he owned before. Hendrick muses about building his own or having one built that will meet his expectations., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to C. E. Corrigan
Hendrick inquires about running gear as he is considering purchasing parts from manufacturers to put together his own steam carriage., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to H. F. Borheim & Company
Hendrick requests a catalogue of running gears for automobiles., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Conrad Motor Carriage Company
Hendrick informs the company that he has not yet received the catalogue he requested., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Bicycle Company
Hendrick writes to the Ohio branch of the company to request a catalogue because he has not yet received one. Hendrick saw their water tube boiler in the Automobile Topics and is interested in purchasing it to put in the steam carriage he already owns., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Bicycle Company
Hendrick writes to the New York branch with another request for a catalogue., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Automobile & Motor Review
Hendrick is trying to discover the maker of an automobile which was featured in an endurance test on Long Island. The vehicle was equipped with a compound condensing engine which made the 100 mile trip without a stop and lost only 6 gallons of water., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to C. E. Corrigan, Osburn Flexible Conduit Company
Hendrick writes to say he has received the list of addresses of people who make automobile parts. Hendrick asks Corrigan for information about The American Bicycle Company and to see if Corrigan would be able to go there and procure a catalogue for him., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Bicycle Company
Hendrick has received a communication from them but it did not include the catalogue he requested. Hendrick asks them to see to mailing it personally., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Bicycle Company
Hendrick inquires about the catalogue he has requested which has not yet arrived, and about a 4 passenger steam carriage. There is a handwritten postscript which notes that the catalog has finally arrived and inquires about their surrey., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to American Bicycle Company
Hendrick is interested in their surrey though he wants to see it before he buys it. Hendrick wants a vehicle to take to California and feels that the one he currently owns is built on too contracted a scale. He also desires a boiler from them as long as it furnishes 6 to 12 horsepower., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Paul Hunt, Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick enumerates the ways in which the automobile does not fit the description in the catalogue. He is especially upset about the size of the boiler which he feels is too small. Hendrick feels cheated. He asks Hunt to furnish a larger boiler, which he will put in himself, or to take the carriage back and give him what was promised., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Frank Milne
Hendrick inquires about steam carriage boilers. He wants one capable of making more steam than the one he has. Hendrick also requests a catalogue of the boilers the Milne makes., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Frank Milne
Hendrick insists on custom specifications and tests for the proposed boiler. Hendrick seeks a guarantee from Milne that he will be able to get full capacity from the boiler. He wants steam enough to get up a hill without stopping to get up steam. Hendrick also inquires about an air pump., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Frank Milne
Hendrick now believes it is the burner and not the boiler at fault for the lack of steam. He seeks Milne's guarantee that a burner purchased from him would make the boiler work to capacity., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Frank Milne
Hendrick is not satisfied with Milne's claim that his burner is as good as anything in the market. Hendrick wants a specific guarantee that Milne's burner will make fire enough to produce 5 horsepower from the boiler., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Paul Hunt, Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick advances his belief that the burner is the problem in not getting up enough steam. Hendrick has made several minor changes all of which improve the vehicle, and believes Hunt should allow him to return the vehicle especially since it is even better than it was originally., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Frank Milne
Hendrick asks Milne to build a burner suitable for his boiler, of which he encloses a sketch, that will enable the carriage to get up a hill., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick avers that the carriage is in quite as good order as when it came and reiterates that it is not satisfactory because the boiler is too small and the burner a dead failure. Hendrick explains that he purchased the vehicle because of Hunt's promise to put in a bigger boiler which did not occur., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Locke Regulator Company
Hendrick wishes to know if the Boston Automobile Company purchased their boiler and burner from Locke. Further, he wants to know if they are able to provide him a satisfactory burner and encloses a sketch of the bottom of boiler and the position of the sprocket chain., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Peter Forg
Frank Milne has referred Hendrick to Forg. Milne does not feel his burner will fit above the sprocket chain, but thinks Forg's might. Hendrick encloses a sketch of the bottom of the boiler and position of the sprocket chain., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick asks for half a dozen extra spokes as several on his carriage are broken., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Locke Regulator Company
Hendrick asks Locke to express the Kelly handle bar generator without the regulator., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Peter Forg
Hendrick reiterates his request for the burner and asks if he can return it if it does not fit., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Frank Milne
Hendrick writes to confirm Milne's receipt of the wire. He also mentions that he uses a 9 1/4 inch water glass rather than the standard 6 inch glass. Hendrick wants to know if the boiler must be fired up by torch. He does not favor that construction, but likes the Kelly Handle Bar Company regulator that can be lighted with a match., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Frank Milne
Hendrick asks Milne to send the boiler without drill holes. He prefers to drill and tap the holes himself so that it will fit his pipes., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to International Automobile Vehicle Tire Company
Hendrick wishes to order another set of tires for his steam carriage, but of a heavier grade. He writes the International Automobile Vehicle Tire Company because they made the original tires for the Boston Automobile Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to International Automobile Vehicle Tire Company
Hendrick has sent all of the tires on his automobile to the company for repair. One of the tires has developed several leaks, although it was once repaired by a bicycle repairer, and he wishes all of the tires to be repaired for fear the other three may also develop leaks. Hendrick also inquires about how long tires ought to last and whether the tires should be cemented to the rim., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to [International Automobile Vehicle Tire Company]
Hendrick instructs them to immerse the tires in water to discover the leaks. He inquires why they do not use solid tires. Hendrick awaits the samples they have forwarded., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick has received the tire spokes he requested, but they are not of the correct size. He is returning the spokes and also includes a sample of the correctly sized spoke., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Paul Hunt, Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick references the spokes he returned and alerts Hunt that he has not yet received the spokes of the correct size for his steam wagon., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Standard Spoke & Nipple Company
Hendrick has enclosed postage to cover the cost of mailing spokes., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Frank Milne
Hendrick has received the boiler but the automatic does not work satisfactorily. Hendrick requests Milne send another automatic in case the one he now has is faulty., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Boston Automobile Company
Hendrick reprimands the company for failing to reply to his communications. He has placed at two orders which he has not received and hears nothing about them. Hendrick has been enjoying his auto and wants to continue, but needs to have parts and repairs to do so. He also inquires after Paul Hunt., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to International Automobile Vehicle Tire Company
Hendrick writes to say that the tire they sent as a substitute has given out. He asks for their judgment of which type of tire is best--the disc tire or the very heavy sample that you sent. He also asks for the price of the disc tire., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to International Automobile Vehicle Tire Company
Hendrick requests a temporary replacement for the tire that gave out, until a full set of tires can be furnished., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to [International Automobile Vehicle Tire Company]
Hendrick asks the company to send the tires he ordered as quickly as possible for the nice weather is quickly passing. Hendrick complains that an automobile is worse than a balky horse, and that often when he wishes to drive, it is out of order., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Standard Spoke & Nipple Company
Hendrick orders a couple of dozen spokes for the automobile to replace ones as they fall out. He also thinks the spokes should be heavier in the bend where they break., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Porter Battery Company
Hendrick requests information about their battery. He intends to purchase an electric automobile, possibly a Columbia Surrey. Hendrick requires a battery of sufficient capacity to run a surrey 150 miles with one charge on good country roads such as is found in southern California. He wants to know how many cells they might recommend, the weight and price., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Shaeffer, Bunce and Company
Hendrick requests that they make a triple engine for an automobile, complete with necessary chains and sprockets for a surrey, as well as a very strong double brake., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Shaeffer, Bunce and Company
Hendrick asks the company to respond to his letter., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Shaeffer, Bunce and Company
Hendrick inquires how soon the compound steam engine can be delivered once the order has been placed and if the company can also provide a pump for the condenser., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Grout Brothers
Hendrick asks if the company makes a compound engine and condenser for their automobiles and what the price would be for the same suitable for a light surrey. He inquires about the specification for the cylinders and surface for the condensers., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Century Motor Vehicle Company
Hendrick asks if the company makes a compound engine and condenser for their automobiles and what the price would be for the same suitable for a light surrey. He inquires about the specification for the cylinders and surface for the condensers., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to International Motor Car Company
Hendrick asks if the company makes a compound engine and condenser for their automobiles and what the price would be for the same suitable for a light surrey. He inquires about the specification for the cylinders and surface for the condensers., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to White Sewing Machine Company
Hendrick asks if the company makes a compound engine and condenser for their automobiles and what the price would be for the same suitable for a light surrey. He inquires about the specification for the cylinders and surface for the condensers., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Locomobile Company
Hendrick asks if the company makes a compound engine and condenser for their automobiles and what the price would be for the same suitable for a light surrey. He inquires about the specification for the cylinders and surface for the condensers., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Lane Motor Vehicle Company
Hendrick asks if the company makes a compound engine and condenser for their automobiles and what the price would be for the same suitable for a light surrey. He inquires about the specification for the cylinders and surface for the condensers., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Prescott Auto Company
Hendrick asks if the company makes a compound engine and condenser for their automobiles and what the price would be for the same suitable for a light surrey. He inquires about the specification for the cylinders and surface for the condensers., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Frank Milne
Hendrick inquires about the weight of the 20-inch boiler and burner that Milne sent him the year before., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to Salamandrine Boiler Company
Hendrick inquires if the company's six horse boiler would be sufficient for a four passenger surrey, and what it would cost., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to White Sewing Machine Company
Hendrick asks if the company would sell him a condenser for his automobile. Hendrick doesn't care a snap about the cost. He also mentions the specifications of his compound engine and asks if they make a four passenger surrey and if so, what would be the cost., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E. E. Hendrick to [Shaeffer, Bunce and Company]
Hendrick has sent the company the rear axle and frame of his automobile. He intends to visit them in Lockport with further instructions., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Letterpress copybook of E. E. Hendrick, 1899-1903 (Accession 2528), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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