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Ernst 11-07-2015 09:26 AM

Tesla microfilm letters
I thought I already had a thread on this subject but I can't find it.
Probably posted it as comment somewhere, but here is for real. :)

Here I uploaded a number of the microfilm prints of Tesla's correspondence with George Scherff and J.P. Morgan.
(there are about 2700 pages and I have only uploaded a few hundred)

They tell details that can not be found elsewhere in articles, patents or notes.
Most of it has more historical value than technical but is still very interesting.
Some letters can barely be read and some can not be read at all. Some because of the poor quality of the microfilm process, some because of poor contrast and some because of the handwriting. It would of course be very nice to have these transcribed.....
It is an awful lot of work for one person, but there are thousands of us here....
So if you have a couple of minutes :rolleyes: to spare and would like to do something to preserve Tesla's legacy, download a letter, and post a transcription here.... :)
I have already done a few which I will post below and dR-Green is also working on it, but do not let that discourage you. Instead of spending hours to streamline this, we could also just start.


Ernst 11-07-2015 09:27 AM

# 0052
The Waldorf-Astoria, New York
Oct. 13, 1903.
Dear Mr. Morgan,
Please excuse me for troubling you at this time when,
much as you may disdain the small doings of your enemies, you must
be deeply pained to see the progress of your great economic ideas
retarded. But it is precisely for this reason that I beg you now
to hear me.
I have never attempted, Mr. Morgan, to tell you even a
hundredth of what can be readily accomplished by the use of certain
principles I have discovered. If you will imagine that I have found
the stone of the philosophers you will not be far from the truth.
They will cause a revolution so great that almost all values and
all human relations will be profoundly modified. These new develop-
ments do not concern any country in particular, but the whole world
and they are in line with your efforts. The commercial possi-
bilities they offer are simply infinite, and you are the only man
today who possesses the genius and power to compel the universal
adoption of these ideas and that is why I approached you two years
ago. If I am only aided to reach the first result – the most in-
significant of those to which I allude, yet very valuable – to
girdle the globe with wireless messages, you will become interested
and convinced. With my present experiences and knowledge of the
wonderful appliances identified with my name this task is so easy,
that it is for me no effort at all.
I have had a long talk with Mr. Th. F. Ryan last night
and he will see you in regard to providing the money still necessa-
ry. He is a great admirer and loyal friend of yours and for this
reason as well as on account of his ability I am very anxious to
enlist his cooperation. I have told him that one hundred thousand
dollars will be sufficient to reach the first commercial results,
which will pave the way to other and much greater successes. Know-
ing your generous spirit, I have told Mr. Ryan that any terms you
may decide upon will be satisfactory to me.

Yours very respectfully,

N. Tesla.


Ernst 11-07-2015 09:28 AM

# 0054
The Waldorf-Astoria, New York,
Dec. 11Th, 1903.

Dear Mr. Morgan:-
Will you enable me to complete this work and show you,
that you have not made a mistake in giving me a checkbook to draw
on your honored house? It is my honest believe that I am a century
ahead in the fields in which I am working, and that is just the
trouble which confronts every pioneer. You see how your own ad-
vanced ideas are hampered.
My enemies have been so successful in representing me as
a poet and visionary, that it is absolutely imperative for me to
put out something commercial without delay. If you will only help
me to do this, you will preserve a property of immense value.
As regards the wireless project, I beg to call again to
your attention that my patents control absolutely all essential
features and that my work is in such shape, that whenever you
tell me to go ahead I shall girdle the globe within three months,
as surely as my name is Tesla. I have promised the St. Louis Expo-
sition people to open the door of the Exposition with power trans-
mitted from here. It is a great opportunity, Mr. Morgan. I can
easily do it, but if you do not aid me soon it will be too late.
Please think for a moment what this means for me. What I have told
you long ago has happened. My competitors have collapsed, since
wholesale appropriations as they have attempted do not go. Now
is the time to aid me, you know this better than anybody else.
Yours most faithfully,
N. Tesla.

Ernst 11-07-2015 09:29 AM

# 0056

Dear Mr. Morgan:-
When this work is completed you will have something of
incalculable value. As it now stands, I could be in three months
in a position to establish communication with the chief cities of
the world. This in itself would insure the realisation of the fi-
nancial plan as outlined in Mr. Steele's letter to me of Oct. 21,
1902. In two months more I would be able to demonstrate that power
can be transmitted by my wireless system, regardless of distance,
without appreciable loss. Think only, Mr. Morgan, what this means in
you hands. You can not permit that such a marvelous opportunity
is lost, after what you have already done.
Would you be willing to advance the money if the Nikola
Tesla Company were to authorize a bond issue for the amount. You
could attach to this any condition you consider fair. My work is
thorough, Mr. Morgan, it may seem long to complete, but I assure
you that the ultimate results will be very gratifying to you.

(no date)

Ernst 11-07-2015 09:29 AM

# 0059
Jan 1st04

My dear Sir,
In reply to your note
I regret to say that I
should not be willing
to advance any further
amounts of money
as I have already told
you. Of course I
wish you every success
in your undertaking.
Yours very truly
J.P. Morgan

N. Tesla, Esq,

Ernst 11-07-2015 09:31 AM

# 0060
The Waldorf-Astoria, New York,
Jan. 14th, 1904.

Dear Mr. Morgan:-
That was a nice letter to receive on my New Year! Had
you at least waited till to-day, bad news travel fast enough. You
wish me success! It is in your hands, how can you wish it?
We start on a proposition, everything duly calculated it
is financially frail. You engage in impossible operations, you
make me pay double, yes, make me wait ten months for machinery. On
the top of that you produce a panic. When after putting in all I
could scrape together I come to show you that I have done the best
that could be done you fire me out like an office boy and roar so
that you are heard six blocks away not a cent. It is spread all
over town, I am discredited, the laughing stock of my enemies.
It is just fourteen months that the constructive work on
my plant was stopped. If I would have been helped at that time
three months more with a good force of men would have completed it
and now it would be paying ten thousand dollars a day. More than
this, I would have secured contracts from governments for a number
of similar plants. I am the discoverer of the principles and the
inventor of all the essential devices and no one would have had the
slightest chance in a competition with me. You have favored the
schemers who have no knowledge or skill, but merely the cursing
sense of fraud to fool the world and to hurt my work more by
their incompetent attempts and far more than they ever could by
Now when I have practically removed all obstacles skill-
fully put in my way and need only little more to save a great
property, which would pay you ten million dollars as surely as one
cent, you refuse me help in a trouble brought on by your own doings!
Twenty-five thousand dollars would enable me:
1) to start the manufacture of oscillators, which would
make my undertaking with you self-supporting and insure the ulti-
mate success of my plans;
2) to put my light on the market;
3) to form a lighting company and realize the cash still necessary to complete my plant;
4) the completion of this plant will put me in the posi-
tion of carrying through the plan at Niagara;
5) my office will naturally facilitate all this and yield
a permanent income.
This would be to reach success in a slow and painful way.
If I had now what I need to complete the plant, that would be
I am as anxious to success on your account as mine.
What a dreadful thing it would be to have the
papers come with your name
in red letters It would be telegraphed all
over the globe. You may not care for it, Mr. Morgan, men are
like flies to you. But I would have to work five years to repair
the damage, if reparable at all. I have told you all. Please do
not write to refuse.
I am pained enough as it is.

Yours sorrowfully,
N. Tesla.

Ernst 11-07-2015 09:33 AM

# 0062
The Waldorf-Astoria, New York,
Jan. 22nd, 1904.

Dear Mr. Morgan:-
Are you going to leave me in a hole?!!
I have made a thousand powerful enemies on your account,
because I have told them that xxxxxxxxxxx I value one of your shoe-
strings more than all of them.
Do not grow old and as weak men do. You are
good for another twenty years, if you hold on to life, to your
people and young ideas.
Could I not pledge you in my plant a while
for twenty-five thousand dollars I need to carry out the plan out-
lined in my last letter? If it is not worth that much, I am not an
engineer of world repute, but a chump.
The better way, however, would be to enable me to com-
plete the plant at once. This would mean for you many millions of
dollars, and, what is more important still, a power which you could
use effectively. I hope that you never for a moment confound my
art with the incompetent efforts of my imitators. I could do bet-
ter than any of them, if ninety-nine parts of me were paralyzed.
In a hundred years from now this country would give much for the
first honors of transmitting power without wires. It must be done
by my methods and apparatus and I should be aided to do it first

Yours most faithfully,
N. Tesla.

Ernst 11-07-2015 09:33 AM

# 0063
Copy. The Waldorf-Astoria, New York,
April 1rst, 1904.

Dear Mr. Morgan:-
I have solved the greatest industrial problem which has
confronted humanity since ages. My success is absolutely certain.
I can deliver power in any desired amounts to any distance without
wire, in a practical and most economical manner. This will be of
incalculable consequence on the cost of necessities and commodities.
The prices of oil and coal in particular will be greatly affected,
merely by the moral effect of the first public demonstrations.
I am tired of speaking to pusillanimous people who be-
come scared, when I ask them to invest five thousand dollars, and
get the diarrhoea when I call for ten. Will you aid me to complete
this great work? I have managed to advance it considerably. A
little more and I shall have practical results which will give you
the basis for a business of a magnitude such as the world has
never seen before.

Yours most faithfully,
N. Tesla.

Ernst 11-07-2015 09:34 AM

# 0064
The Waldorf-Astoria, New York,
April 6th, 1904.

Dear Mr. Morgan:-
Please accept my best wishes for a happy journey.
The books I forward are great, but a thousand libraries
of such books will not be valued in a few years from now the ar-
ticle I enclose.
Yours most faithfully,
N. Tesla.

J.P. Morgan, Esq.


Ernst 11-07-2015 09:38 AM

# 0065
New York, April 24, 1904.

Dear Mr. Morgan:-
Have you ever read the book of Job? If you will put
my mind in place of his body you will find the sufferings accurately
described. I have put all the money I could scrape together in
this plant. With fifty thousand dollars more it is completed, and
I have an inmortal crown and an immense fortune.
Yours most faithfully,
N. Tesla.


Ernst 11-07-2015 09:39 AM

# 0066
T E S L A L A B O R A T O R Y ,
Wardenclyffe, Long Island, N.Y.

July 22nd, 1904.

J. P. Morgan, Esq.,
New York City.
Dear Mr. Morgan:-
I hope the unfortunate misunderstanding, the cause of
which I have been vainly trying to discover, will be removed and
that you will recognize that my work is of the kind that passes
into history and worthy of your support. My plant here, when com-
pleted, will enable you to talk from your office to any part of
the world as clearly and distinctly as across your table, and it
will make possible the transmission of telegraphic messages to all
points of the globe with a speed and precision surpassing by far
those practicable through wires, and its capacity of transmission
will be greater than that of the entire cable system of the world
combined. What is still needed can now be very closely estimated.
Three months would suffice to complete the work, which has now been
cruelly delayed for eighteen months. If you will aid me to the end,
my country will be grateful to you.
Yours most faithfully,

Ernst 11-07-2015 09:40 AM

# 0067 (difficult to read...)
New York, Sept. 9, 1904.

Dear Mr. Morgan:-
... you interested you..... it e that I
... Despite of the unfor-
tunate delay, I shall fulfil my promise to the letter, if you will
aid me to complete the work. Kindly ..... or that your ..... has
returns ly of the ...ture
from my original proposition. This plant will transmit
telegraphs and telephonic messages to any part of the world and
its earning power will be enormous, certainly not less than ten
thousand dollars a day, as I have already stated before, and be-
sides, it will insure the universal adoption of my system. I am
also assured of contracts for several .... plants in England and
Russia. This is a work with which you will not be displeased to be

Yours most faithfully,
N. Tesla.

We know now that the a.......ments of transatlantic
messages were not founded on fact, but on this point I ....
to say more.


Ernst 11-07-2015 09:41 AM

# 0068
New York, October 13th, 1904.

J.P. Morgan Esq.
New York City.

Dear Mr. Morgan:-

I would beg you, in all earnestness, to peruse the follow-
ing statement of facts which I have brought separately to your at-

1. Five years ago, (as you may have gathered from from
my original announcement in the Century of June 1900, copy of a
patent specification filed May 16, 1900, and article in the Elec-
trical World and Engineer of March 5, 1904) I succeeded in encircl-
ing the Earth with electrical waves. What gave to this result, far-
reaching in itself, a tremendous significance, was the observation
that in their passage, from Colorado Springs to the diametrically
opposite region of the globe and return, the waves suffered no per-
ceptible diminution of intensity, thus affording an absolute ex-
perimental evidence, that by my system power in unlimited amounts
can be transmitted, without wire, to any distance and, virtually,
without loss.

2. I recorded my discoveries in the Patent Office and
secured broad and uncontested rights in Patents, some of which I am
still keeping back, for reasons which it is unnecessary to explain.
When they appear they will create a profound impression.

3. I was, even then, firmly convinced that these advances
would prove of greater importance than the steam engine, the tele-
graph, the telephone and my multiphase motor combined, for they of-
fered an ideal solution of the problem s of fuel, transportation,
and intelligence-transmission, in all their ramifications.

4. Desiring to obtain a support such as this work was
deserving, more for the good of the world than my own, I approached
you, naturally enough with the easily realizable project of es-
tablishing communication across the Atlantic, which required a
smaller investment.

5. I was fortunate to enlist your interest, but not
quite on the lines of my own suggestion. I contemplated the forma-
tion of one or two companies, to which all my inventions in wire-
less telegraphy and telephony and in my system of lighting were,
respectively, to be assigned, and proposed that you take fifty-one


Percent. Of the stock (not fifty, as you yourself said in our first
conversation, because then you would not control), the remainder to
go to my Parent Company. But when I received your formal letter
it specified an interest of fifty-one percent. in patents on these
inventions. That was different though my share was the same. It
was a simple sale. The terms were entirely immaterial to meand I
said nothing, for fear of offending you. Your have repeatedly re-
ferred to some stock and it is just possible, that a mistake was made, and that you intended to take exactly what I proposed, and
what would have been, for many reasons, greatly to my advantage.

6. Your participation called for a careful revision of
my plans. I could not develope the business slowly in grocery shop
fashion. I could not report yacht races or signal incoming steam-ers. There was no money in this. This was no business for a man
of your position and importance. Perhaps you have never fully ap-
preciated the sense of this obligation.

7. When I discovered, rather accidentally,, that others,
who openly cast ridicule on what I had undertaken and discredited
my apparatus, were secretly employing it, evidently bent on the
same task, I found myself confronted with wholly unforseen condi-
tions. How to meet them was the question. Of course I could not
enjoin the infringers. In Canada, almost midway,,I had no rights.
My patents on the art of individualization, insuring non-interfer-
ence and non-interferability, were not as yet granted in England
and the United States. Suppose I was anticipated in this inven-
tion? Then I would have to rely on ordinary tuning. This was in
a measure, satisfactory so long as I was alone, but shrewd competi-
tors, with the advantage they had, could make me fall short, as the
capital I had at disposal was only sufficient for two small plants.
Once I failed with you in the first attempt, you would not listen
to any other proposition. Once I lost your support I could not be-
cause of your personality and character of our agreement, interest
anybody else, at least not for several years, until,the business
would be developed and the commercial value of my patents recogniz-
ed. But there was one way, the only way, of meeting every possi-
ble emergency, and making the ultimate success perfectly certain.

8. Here I must add a purely explanatory paragraph. Sup-
pose a plants is constructed capable of sending signals within a
given radius, and consider an extension to twice this distance.
The area being then four times as large the returns will be, rough-ly, fourfold on account of this alone. The messages, however, will
become more valuable. Approximately computed, the average price
will be tripled. This means that a plant with a radius of activity
twice as large will earn twelve times as much. But it will cost

J. P. M.,-3.

Scarcely twice as much. Hence in investing a certain sum destined
for two small plants into a single one, the earnings will be six-
fold increased. The greater the distance the greater the gain un-
til, when the plant can transmit signals to the uttermost confines
of the Earth, its earning power becomes, so to speak, unlimited.

9. The way to do was to construct such a plant. It
would yield the greatest returns, not only for the reasons just
mentioned, but also because every other plant erected anywhere in
the world, by anyone, was sure to be turned into a source of income
It would give the greatest force to my Patents and insure a mono-
poly. It would make certain the acceptance of my system by all
governments. It discounted in advance all possible drawbacks, as
anticipation of the results by thee trespassers of my rights and
delay. It offered possibilities for a business on a large, digni-
fied scale, commensurate with your position in life and mine as a
pioneer in this art, who has originated all its essential princi-ples.

10. The practicability of such an undertaking I had al-
ready demonstrated in Colorado, but to make those feeble effects,
barely detectable by delicate instruments, commercially available
all over the Earth, required a very large sum of money. You had
told me from the outset that I should not ask for more, but the
work was of such transcending importance and it was of such enor-
mous value in your hands, that I undertook to explain to you the
state of things on your first return from abroad. You seemed to
misunderstand me. That was most unfortunate. Had I obtained your
hearing, your enemies would not had succeeded in inflicting you
injuries, for the first motor or lamp operated across the Pacific,
would have delivered them in your power. To achieve a great re-
sult is one thing, to achieve it at the right moment is another.
That favorable moment is gone forever. Your popularity has suffer-
ed, the moral force of my work has been weakened by delay, the
audacious schemers who have dared to fool the crowned heads of
Europe, the President of the United States, and even His Holiness
the Pope, have discredited the art by incompetent attempts and
spoiled the public by false promises which it cannot distinguish
from those sure of fulfillment, based on knowledge and skill and
legitimate right. That is what pains me the most.

11. Still, in spite of all this, Mr. Morgan, I can
realize what I have held out to you when you yourself said to me
that “you had no doubt”. I know you must be sceptical about get-
ting hundredfold returns, but if you will help me to the end you
will soon see that my judgement is true. Once my first plant is
completed I can place a dozen of such at once. I do not need to
wait for returns from subscribers. There are one thousand million
J. P. M.,-4.

Dollars invested in submarine cables alone. This immense property
is threatened with destruction because just as soon as people find
that messages for, say, five cents a word can be transmitted to any
distance, nothing will stop the demand for the cheaper and quicker
means of communication. The investment in cables is too large to
pay on this low basis and the only chance the Companies have is to
take hold of the new advances. My patents control every essential
element of the art. They are impregnable. In your hands, and
backed by these great results, they should be of enormous value.

12. My work is now so far advanced and could be finished
quickly. I have expened about $250,000 in all and a much smaller
sum separates me from a great triumph. If you have lost faith in
me have you not someone in whose knowledge and ability you have
greater confidence than in mine, and to whom I could explain?
Seventy-five thousand dollars would certainly complete the plant
and then I would have no difficulty whatever in getting all the
capital necessary for the further commercial expansion.

13. Since a year, Mr. Morgan, there has been hardly a
night when my pillow was not bathed in tears, but you must not
think me a weak man for that. I am perfectly sure to finish my
task, come what may. I am only sorry that after mastering all the
difficulties which seemed insuperable, and acquiring a special
knowledge and ability which I now alone possess, and which, if ap-
plied effectively, would advance the world a century, I must see my
work delayed.

In the hope of hearing from you favorably, I remain,

Yours most faithfully,

Ernst 11-07-2015 09:43 AM

# 0072

New York, Oct.15th,1904.

Mr. Nicola Tesla,
New York City.

Dear Sir:-

Referring to your letter of

13th October, Mr. J. P. Morgan wishes

me to inform you that it will be impos-

sible for him to do anything more in

the matter.

Yours truly,

Private Secretary.

Ernst 11-07-2015 09:44 AM

# 0073
New York, Oct. 17th, 1904.

Dear Mr. Morgan:-

You are a man like Bismarck, great but uncontrollable.
I wrote pruposely last week, hoping that your recent association
might have rendered you more susceptible to a softer influence.
But you are no Christian at all, you are a fanatic .us..lman. Once
you say no, come what may, it is no. May the gravitation repel
instead of attract, may right become wrong, every consideration, no
matter what it be, must founder on the rock of your brutal resolve.

It is incredible. A year and a half ago I could have
delivered a lecture ...., which would have been listened to by all
the academics of the world, in the tone of my voice! That would
have been the time to thank you.
You let me struggle on, weakened by shrewd enemies, dis-
heartened, by .......y friends financially .yka.ated, trying to
overcome obstacles which you yourself have piled up before me.
I know, Rankine told me what a time they had in placing
the Niagara bonds. And what a time must I have?! “If this is a
good thing, why does not Morgan see you through?!” “Morgan is the
very last man to let a good thing go!” .. it has been going on for
two years. I advance, but how? Like a man swimming against a
stream that carries him down.
Will you not listen to anything at all? Are you to let
me perhaps succomb, loose an immortal crown, will you let a pro-
perty of immense value be depreciated, let it be said that your own
judgement was defective, simply because you had once said no. Can

not I make you a new proposition to overcome the difficulty? I

tell you I shall return your money a hundredfold.

Yours faithfully,

N. Tesla.

Ernst 11-07-2015 09:44 AM

# 0074
The Waldorf-Astoria, New York Nov. 5, 1904.

Dear Mr. Morgan:-
The inclosed bears out my statement made to you over a
year and a half ago. The old plant has never worked beyond a few
hundred miles. Apart of imperfection of the apparatus inside there
were four defects, each of which was fatal to success. It does not
seem probable that the new plant will do much better, for these
faults were of a widely different nature and difficult to dis-
As to the remedies, I have protected myself in applica-
tions filed 1900 – 1902, still in the office.
Yours faithfully,
N. Tesla.

Ernst 11-07-2015 09:45 AM

# 0075
The Waldorf-Astoria, New York, Nov. 18th, 1904.

Dear Mr. Morgan:-
The inclosed written by the ablest man in the field of
electrical transmission by my system reminds me of the difficulties
I had in convincing people of the value of that invention. What
I have now is immensely more valuable and consequential.
Yours faithfully,
N. Tesla.

(Sent: Editorial by C. F. Scott from Electric Club
Journal, October, 1904.)


Ernst 11-07-2015 09:46 AM

# 0076

New York, Dec. 16, 1904.

Dear Mr. Morgan:-
1.If you will advance me one hundred thousand dollars,
which will enable me to complete my plant and instal some telegra-
phic and telephonic receivers on a few of the most important points
in the world, I will return on your investment of $250,000 twenty-
five millions. To attain this result it is necessary that the
work be attacked at once.
2. Assuming that you are not willing to do this, if you
will advance me fifty-thousand , which will suffice to finish the
indispensable parts, make everything perfectly fire-proof, as I
have planned and take out an insurance, my ultimate success will be
rendered certain, and although you may have to wait long, I shall
still and without fail carry out my promise of returning to you one
hundred times the sum invested.
3. If you do not want to do this, the only one thing re-
mains. You release me of all obligation, give me back my assign-
ments, and consider the sum you have invested as a generous contri-
bution, leaving it all to my integrity and ability to work out the
best results for you and for myself. In this case I intend to go
on a lecture tour, which I believe will give me enough money to
complete the plant. Once I am so far it would not take me more than
a week to get a few millions in Wall Street. I hope sincerely,
that you will not resolve yourself to this last course. Believe
me, you would give me great pain.

Yours faithfully,
N. Tesla.

Ernst 11-07-2015 09:47 AM

# 0077
23 WALL STREET N.Y Dec 17/04.

N. Tesla, Esq,

Dear Sir:-

I have received your
note of 16th inst and in
reply would state that
I am not willing to
advance you anymore
money, as I have fre-
quently told you.
As to your third
proposition I am not
prepared to accept this
either. I have made
and carried out with

You in good faith a
Contract, and, having
performed my part,
it is not unreasonable
that I expect you to
carry out yours.


J. Pierpont Morgan
per C.W. King
Private Secretary

(Letter dictated by
Mr JP Morgan.)

Ernst 11-07-2015 09:48 AM

# 0079
New York, Dec. 18th, 1904.

Dear Mr. Morgan:-
To-day is my patron saint, who has always stood by me.
Will you let me complete the important work and tell the
world, in a way which will be forever recorded in history, that I
have to thank only to the generosity of a great man and my own
I am fully aware, Mr. Morgan, that your hands are full and
that you are perhaps grieved. But permit me to tell you that in
the eyes of those who see far you have shown yourself greater and
stronger than ever before. (those that show you believe in your
complete triumph?)
Yours most faithfully,
N. Tesla.


Ernst 11-07-2015 09:49 AM

# 0080
New York, Dec. 19, 1904.

Mr. J. P. Morgan,
New York City.
Owing to a habit contracted long ago, in defiance of su-
perstition, I prefer to make important communications on Fridays
and the 13th of each month, but my house is afire and I have not an
hour to waste.
I knew that you would refuse.. What chance have I to land
the biggest Wall Street monster with the soul's spider thread!
Your letter reached me just on the day of my patron saint
- the greatest of all – St. Nikola. There was a silent agreement
between St. Nikola and myself that we would stick to each other.
He did well for a time, but during the last three years he has for-
gotten me, - as you have.
You say that you have fulfilled your contract with me.
You have not.
I came to you to enlist your genius and power, not be-
cause of money. You should know that I have honored you in so do-
ing as much as I have honored myself. You are a big man, but your
work is wrought in passing form, mine is immortal. I came to you
with the greatest invention of all times. I have more original
creations named after me than any other man that has gone before,
not excepting Archimedes and Galileo – the giants of invention.
Six thousand million dollars are invested in enterprises based on
my discoveries in the United States to-day. I could draw on you at
sight for a million dollars, if you were the Pierpont Morgan of old.
When we entered our contract I furnished 1) patent-rights,
2) my ability as engineer and electrician, 3) my good will. You
were to furnish 1) money, 2) your business ability, 3) your good
will. I assigned patent-rights which, in the worst case, are worth
ten times your cash investment. You advanced the money, true, but
even this first clause of our contract was violated. There was a
delay of two months in furnishing the last $50,000 – a delay which
was fatal.
I complied conscientiously with the second and third ob-
ligations. You ignored yours deliberately. Not only this, but you
discredited me.
There is only one way to do, Mr. Morgan. Give me the
money to finish a great work, which will advance the world a centu-
ry and reflect honor on all that come after you. Or else, make me
a present and let me work out my salvation. Your interest is sa-
cred to me and my hearty wishes for your happiness and welfare will
always be with you.
Faithfully yours,
N. Tesla.

Bob Smith 11-07-2015 03:29 PM

Thanks for posting this - timely stuff. We only see one side of Tesla, largely from what others have written about his quirks and foibles. It's heartbreaking to see how he was kind of hung out to dry by Morgan. It seems all the more likely that Morgan smelled an end to his profits if he were to continue funding Tesla. Again, very timely; I wonder how many other inventors have found themselves way ahead of their time, only to be shunned by those they considered allies or supporters once they made real progress.

As they say, the truth shall prevail.

Bob Smith 11-08-2015 01:45 AM

Scherff 0001-0007
My contribution to the cause (below)

G Scherff 0001

New York, Jan. 4th, 1899
46 & 48 East Houston Str.

Nikola Tesla Esq.
Alta Vista Hotel
Colorado Springs, Colo

Dear Mr. Tesla,
Mr. Czito has returned here to work yesterday.
He told me that you would come in a few days, and therefore I did
not write yesterday, thinking that my letter would not reach you.
But hearing that you might have been detained, I write again:
All parts of the oscillator will be finished tomorrow,
except the condenser, on which the work is progressing. Mr. Clark
and Mr. Czito are now working on parts for a second oscillator.

Signed: Geo. Scherff

G Scherff 0002

New York, Jan. 5th, 1899
46 & 48 East Houston Str.

Nikola Tesla Esq.
Alta Vista Hotel
Colorado Springs, Colo

Dear Mr. Tesla,
Your telegraph of this date was received this af-
ternoon, and in reply I have wired Mr. Uhlmann’s address. And also
the amount of money I shall be obliged to draw for the payroll
this week. I will draw to-morrow $110, which,
together with the amount on hand, will leave about $10 for shop expenses after pay-
ing the men. The pay-roll this week is $100.
The work on the second oscillator will be continued, as
directed. All parts of the first one, except the condenser, are
now finished, and Mr. Johannesen is putting the same together.
I obtained mail from the Waldorf today, but found
nothing of importance.

Signed: Geo. Scherff
G. Scherff 0003

New York, March 8th, 1899
46 & 48 East Houston Str.

Mr. Nikola Tesla, President,
Nikola Tesla Co., 46 E Houston St.

Dear Sir: -
I hereby resign as Secretary of the Nikola Tesla Company,
to take effect upon its acceptance.

Yours truly,
Signed: George Scherff

G. Scherff 0004

New York, March 8th, 1899
46 & 48 East Houston Str.

Mr. Nikola Tesla, President,
Nikola Tesla Co., 46 E Houston St.

Dear Sir: -
I hereby resign as Director in the Nikola Tesla Company,
to take effect upon its acceptance.

Yours truly,
Signed: George Scherff

G. Scherff 0005

New York, May 13th, 1899
#46 & 48 E. Houston Str.

Dear Mr. Tesla:-
I noticed in the mail this morning a letter from
the U. S. Treasury Department, and, thinking it might be of im-
portance, I took the liberty to open it. I inclose a copy of the
Shall I send an acknowledgement of this or any similar
letters which may arrive during your absence? I forgot to ask,
before you left.
Permit me also to inquire about your health,
after all the anxiety, and the strain of the railroad journey.

Signed: George Scherff

G. Scherff 0006

[Handwritten pencil notation, upper right] ca. May 13, 1899

Auditorium Hotel
Breslin & Southgate
R.H. Breslin, Manager

[Handwritten in ink]
The trouble in the new brake
is that the oil in the bore
does not stand sufficiently below
the highest point the mercury can
rise in the hollow shaft. It
would be desirable to make
an overflow hole so that the
oil when it is poured in can
not rise beyond a certain height
above the mercury. The height of
shaft should be so calibrated
that when the oil and mercury
are poured together in-to where
the pulley is taking[?] oil and
put it again in the oil can
before use with the pulley.
[unsigned. end of note]

G. Scherff 0007
[continuation of G. Scherff 0006]

This can be done by changing
the hollow piece. That first
is[?] in put[?] try to keep the oil
level or low as possible. If
the oil still gets in, the
bottom piece will have to be
This should be attested to
at once, on both the oscillator
and independent brake.
For the oscillator / [illegible]
The size of the disks[?] size 3/8
diam/[?] make another disk
[illegible] that [illegible].
Teeth leave as before.

Ernst 11-08-2015 04:32 AM

REALLY, REALLY great, Bob Smith!


Bob Smith 11-08-2015 02:38 PM

Glad to help, Ernst. It would be great if folks could chip in and each transcribe a small chunk of this collection you've graciously made available.

dR-Green 01-01-2016 04:34 PM

Thank you Ernst and Bob. We're still working on getting some sort of system set up to organise it, but in the meantime the entire archive is available for download here as a festive giveaway.


Total size is about 7.2 or 7.4GB and can be extracted using a free program such as WinRAR WinRAR archiver, a powerful tool to process RAR and ZIP files

Jeff Pearson 01-02-2016 01:51 AM

Morgan 0001 very very hard to read
New York Nov. 26th. 1900
46 & 48 ..... Houston St.
Wall Street, New York:

Dear Mr. Morgan:
Since last Friday, when I took the liberty to bring my
project to your kind attention, I have carefully considered the
facts ..... Lectures, which seem to me essential and ...... , briefly
stated, are as follows:
...... I have ... in .......... ,
which ... the transmission of messages to any distance without
.........long and expansive cables, ..........
.........commercial impossibility. These inventions render
.....................................safe manipulation of elec-
trical pressures up to a hundred million volts and movements of ....
.....by rates of hundred of thousands of horse-
power which are capable of bringing into action instruments at any
point of the globe, no matter how distant from the transmitting
station.....,practical experience with apparatus of this kind and
......embracing....of nearly 700 miles,
......to construct plants for such telegraphic communication
......... across the pacific ocean, with
the fullest assurance of success.
.....I have devised means for operating selectively a
great number of instruments without mutual interference,
.............privacy of all messages.
.........rights have been secured .... these methods
........ or allowed
....... true and unhampered to enter into such agree-
ments regarding the exploitation of these, .... inventions
in this field, as you might desire.
identity..............which might be eventually
.................................................. ....................
.......Although the development of these inventions ......
....... effort, knowing that I have to deal with a great
................apportionment of my interest
..............your generosity.

Ernst 01-02-2016 02:12 AM

Thank you dR-Green and Jeff!
Some letters are almost impossible to read/transcribe but still, every attempt is greatly appreciated. And not only by me! There must be 100's or 1000's who will enjoy reading these letters and that is not counting future generations.
Maybe someone can decipher one or two more words in those difficult handwritten letters. There are so many of us, together we can get this almost impossible work done. :thumbsup:




Ernst 01-02-2016 02:55 AM

Lil'Bro and all other distractors, derangers, and other trolls,
Please do everyone a favour and refrain from posting here unless you wish to make your first useful contribution to this forum and transcribe one of the letters.

Ernst 01-02-2016 03:14 AM

To all serious contributors,
Please do not respond to my last post and keep this thread on track.


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