[D8133ZAL], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Samuel Insull, November 1st, 1881


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[D8133ZAL], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Samuel Insull, November 1st, 1881

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First 5 pages are personal in nature; addresses Insull as "My Dear Samuel" and thanks him for updates on Johnson's children; also thanks him for letters to Johnson and Johnson's wife. Says that Preece will give a big lecture favoring TAE system and Preece has succeeded in getting Hopkinson over to favor TAE's lighting system also. Working on Thomson also. "Meanwhile this is what I am doing." (1) installing big dynamo at Holborn Viaduct. (2) preparing for exhibition of about 600 16cp lamps at Crystal Palace. "I am going to bust the bubbles Maxim Swan & others blew at Paris or else acknowledge that they are better 'showmen' than I am." (3) researching lamp patents. (4) "Securing through W. H. Preece the active aid & sympathy of important scientists and newspaper people.." (5) engouraging public support by selling lamps at favorable prices. Went to Paris for a couple days and gives report on what he saw; says Batch now has Opera House all to himself; Batch has 500 lamps on big machine now. recommend select; covers a lot of ground wrt England/Holborn and Paris expo; also could use to talk about Insull/TAE trying to manage Johnson's activities. dh





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