[D8049ZCV], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Thomas Alva Edison, March 30th, 1880


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[D8049ZCV], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Thomas Alva Edison, March 30th, 1880

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Isaacs arrived, at a bad time. Think of sending home some of the inspectors we already have; some unsatisfactory, & not enough work. "I have pumped [Isaacs] as to E. Light and learn that you have reached one of your stone walls-a sort of landing place where you take a rest. He says you have lost the art of carbonizing-just as you did of making carbon buttons and of making chalk cylinders that is there is some factor in the art which you have not yet discovered. I get the impression that you are somewhat tired out. Hadn't you better take a holliday...." Come here with Batch in May. Things at standstill here because of election. Waterhouse says new contract papers still at his office but they are practically closed. "Amalgamation stil occupies the minds of both companies. Our people are afraid of the law & of the P.O." Are removing bug of the hand crank. Have mad a pony receiver louder that speaks louder than hand machine; your telegram today that you have completed pony receiver also gives us confidence we've solved problem. If union with Bell happens, entirely new people will come in & I will be ready to return or take up ELight here. Will give notice to Co in any case.




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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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