[D8226I], Letter from Sherburne Blake Eaton to Thomas Alva Edison, May 25th, 1882


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[D8226I], Letter from Sherburne Blake Eaton to Thomas Alva Edison, May 25th, 1882

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"Borden has returned from Phila. He found Barker brimful of enthusiasm for the Edison light. Between the encouragement Barker gave him and that which I gave him I think he goes back feeling better, and disposed to fight the Brush and Swan combination.." Met with delegation fr SC company today; Wilber and Clarke called in to discuss merits of Swan patents; they "seem disposed to adopt the arc light" and not TAE's, but Eaton still hopes they adopt TAE system. Re Kruesi and dwgs for 2nd dist. Delegation fr Lawrence co. called today; Eaton offered same terms as offered to Chicago people. Moses and arc light; Moses still wants half profits, Eaton recommends quarter. Eaton thinks should not take up any more arc lighting schemes. Our legislation in Canada not passed. Hearle has two other plans which he talked over w/ Goddard. "Moore has gone to Columbus to wind up David and to decide what to do with the newspaper plant there." Then on to Chgo. Weed, Parsons & Co., Albany printers, ordered iso plant. "They will only take it on approbation." Lawrence writes fr Chile to say plant there running well. Eaton hasn't yet sent out notices to Swan & Maxim people. Next Wed. is mtg of Directors of Gramme Co. "I propose to force Mr Brush to take some definite position on the Swan matter." Chgo people ordered 250 light plant and have obtained big bldg on Wabash Ave. Mott pressing Eaton on decision to buy his patents. "As I read over his list of patents, I am in some doubt whether you invented the Edison Light or he did?" Eaton is sorry that TAE did not accept McGinnes' invitation for fishing excursion. Borden wkg on lecture to Comm'l Club of Fall River on electric lighting; Barker loaned him a Swan, Lane-Fox, and Maxim lamp. Borden says that he and Barker ran a 25cp Maxim agt an 8cp TAE lamp and TAE lamp gave better light. Barker has been invited to give 6-lecture course at Boston's Lowell Institute on electric lighting. "We must have Barker accept." Mint people unhappy w/ Maxim light. Phila. Ledger people happy w/ TAE light. Nautical Gazette is running article on lighting of SS Queen of the Pacific. Encloses copy of Spanish translation of his pamphlet on TAE light; Meadowcroft also wkg on article for Spanish paper. Navarro "wants me to pick out another man like Rich to go to Havana to put in isolated plant..The trouble is to get men who will keep good habits and not drink too much in the temptations of the place." SC people say that Brush-Swan people guaranteed them 1000 hours operation of their lamps.








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