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Lynchburg Letter: J. William Gayner to W. H. Loyd

November, 1927

This letter is undated, but was written sometime in November, 1927. A letter dated November 30, 1927 responds to this letter. Mr. Gayner asks Mr. Loyd not to send any correspondence to him at Gayner since a telegram from Mr. Loyd was accidentally delivered there and caused some problems for Mr. Gayner. He also encourages Mr. Loyd to accept an offer from Birmingham (Glass Works) for the insulator presses and molds. He also reminds Mr. Loyd of items belonging to Gayner Glass Works that the company wanted returned, as well as reflects on modifications he had planned to the insulator presses.

Text was transcribed by Dennis Bratcher. A scan of the original letter is below [parts of the scan are distorted; original is bound in a book].



My Dear Mr. Loyd:

Replying to your letter of 23th[.] it was a mistake when you sent the telegram* to Gayner Glass Works. When they received it they called me in the office for an explanation

I told them I have been in correspondence with you trying to help you in getting some one to operate the Lynchburg Plant or sell the insulator equipment

Please do not address Gayner Glass Works regarding anything I write you

The party I was trying to sell the Insulator equipment too [sic] was John E. Marsden of the Marsden Glass Works Ambler Pa.

If you can get $5000 from the Birmingham man I would close the deal as you will not get many offers like that

Regarding Redfern If a company could be found to installed [sic] his machine & equip the plant with enough money to operate it; this would be a fine arrangements [sic]

But it would take three to four hundred thousand dollars

The Gayners wanted to know about the insulator Press that the Lynchburg Glass Corporation borrowed from them

I borrow [sic] this so as to copy the mould bracket stands & shear device which I put on the Brookfield hand presses as there [sic] devices where [sic] much better than Brookfield presses was [sic] fitted up with. Brookfield presses cut their glass of [sic] by a pair of shears[.] I would like for you to send [p.2] the Gayner Press back & equip it with some of the mould stands from the Brookfield hand press.

I was in hopes some day I would make a visit to Lynchburg when I could straighten this up. When I left the Plant the Gayner Hand Press was stand [sic] along side of the small furnace next to the Rail Road

There is a lot of Pt Qt and ½ Gal moulds belonging to the Gayner Glass Works[.] they were store [sic] under the small furnace

These are the mould equipment belonging to the (3) fruit jar machines that got damage in transit from Salem to Lynchburg & the Co did not buy. I think you remember this transaction

I hope this all can be adjusted with out any controversy.

Regarding the Brookfield machines, I had hopes that we would attach them with a motor & turn them into a successful insulator press but our finances prevented me from doing this.

Also the gayner Automatic Insulator press should have been rebuilt so as to get away from the taking out and pin boy & [coming ?] in Boy. this would have done away with 4 boys[.] Mr Dodge & the Millville machine has done that to the insulator press. I think you can recall when I had Mr. Oniells mechanic on & payed [sic] him with my note & had to stop Mr Oniel from going any further.

Any thing I can do for you I will. but dont get me in controversy with the Gayner Glass Works

Yours truly

[signed] J William Gayner

*We do not have a copy of this telegram, but it was most likely informing Mr. Gayner of an offer from Birmingham Glass Works to buy Lynchburg's insulator presses and molds.

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