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William E. Mason, Frederic Sedgwick, cipher typewriter, Chicago


The document is a carbon copy of a typed letter from the Assistant Secretary of State to William E. Mason denying a possibility of buying machinery from Mr. Sedgwick.


Francis Mairs Huntington-Wilson


William E. Mason

Corresponds to:

Folder 1-8, Document 216


Washington, D.C.


December 13, 1909.

Dear Mr. Mason:

In reply to your letter of December 8th, I am really very sorry to have to say that the officials who have charge of our telegraph office and of our finances have been unable to persuade themselves that this Department ought at the present time to purchase even one or two of Mr. Sedgwick's very interesting machines. I am sorry to have to make you this reply, but I cannot avoid doing so. I assure you at the same time that while I can [now] hold out no encouragement to Mr. Sedgwick I shall nevertheless keep in mind the question.

With many kind regards and regrets of my inability to serve you, I remain, always,

Very sincerely yours,


The Honorable William E. Mason,
525 Home Insurance Building,
Chicago, Illinois.



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Letter From Francis Mairs Huntington-Wilson to William E. Mason, December 13, 1909

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