[D8101C], Agreement, Edward Hibberd Johnson, Sigmund Bergmann, Thomas Alva Edison, April 1881

Item

Abstract

Draft of agreement between Bergmann, Edison, and Johnson, for Bergmann's manufacture of "electrical machinery"; notes that Bergmann is "desirous of entering into the manufacture of official appliances connected with Electric Lighting." TAE marginalia to this line indicates "see sheet!" Johnson to receive 12 cents on every dollar of profit Bergmann makes on his venture owing to prior contract. Edison is to contribute $7500 over six months (see marginalia for schedule) and receive 44 cents of every dollar. Bergmann receives remaining 44 cents per dollar. Noteworthy that Edison includes the clause "the said Edison agrees to use his best endeavors to sell [noted with change: "promote"] the said business of the said Bergmann as far as lays in his power and the said Bergmann on his part agrees to use the diligence and to give his whole time and undivided attention [change: all requisite time and attention (marginalia)] and he shall receive a salary of twelve hundred dollars a year". Also stipulates that Johnson will use his best "inventive talent" to devise new electric lighting equipment. Several other points also contain this "softening of language" in the margins of the draft.

Date

1881-04-00

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

D8101C

Folder Set

D8101

Title

[D8101C], Agreement, Edward Hibberd Johnson, Sigmund Bergmann, Thomas Alva Edison, April 1881

Microfilm ID

57:7

Publisher

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