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

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