[D8226O], Letter from Sherburne Blake Eaton to Thomas Alva Edison, June 2nd, 1882


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[D8226O], Letter from Sherburne Blake Eaton to Thomas Alva Edison, June 2nd, 1882

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encloses copy of preliminary Stager contract. Re Danforth plant; not sure what trouble is. Moore back fr Phila, says customer had started engine under no load "and it ran away with itself." So customer tightened belt to bring dn speed; under load hard for engine to make speed. Also ran too many lamps. [I think this is Phila Ledger plant] Rcvd another letter fr Puskas & Bailey. Bliss says that Chgo people talk of making him Gen. Supt and Johnston engr; Marshall Field and Pullman among possible investors. Bliss talks of "embarrassed position in which he finds himself, after Moore's visit." Montreal Lamp Co. only turned out 53 lamps last week. Gramme Co. sends list of patents of Excelsior Co. Light co. formed in Taunton, MA; buying arc lights from Arnaux & Hochausen, but wants to buy 250 lamp dynamo from us. Eaton expects this sort of mixed operation to be more common since Swan-Brush alliance. Stager contract is still preliminary and for your examination. Re iso plant Fabbri tried to sell to his son's school, St. Paul's, in Concord, NH. Eaton wants an engine. "Our plant is running wretchedly. The engine is all worn out. Last night we just escaped having our lights go out in the presence of important people from out of town." Armington & Sims says that they need $ and can't increase output for at least a month. Patent Comr will decide Sawyer-Man case himself. Last night tried to get order fr owner of Vendome, big Boston hotel. Big dynamo in Morgan's house will start up soon; small engine/dynamo not yet put in. Bennett's yacht still in drydock. Won't get Herald Bldg lit till July. "Borden wants all New England." But Eaton says he's too busy with his bleachery; favors giving Paine Maine. NY Steam Heating Co. have been doing stuff in the streets and may have damaged wires; Clarke investigating. Barker told Eaton that insurance people in Phila have ordered all Edison safety-catches out of Ledger Bldg as dangerous; "Hoskin fixed it up with them." "Moore has let David go in Columbus. David's agency has cost us over $2000 in cash and he has not sold one plant. Moore says nobody liked himout there." Moore says trouble in Chgo b/c company "was gobbling up Bliss and his employees on the business of the Isolated Company. Moore wants the Isolated Company to retain its territory in those three states. Stager told Moore that Lowrey told him the Chicago company should have all of those three states both from the Light co. and the Isolated Co." That's the basis of Moore-Stager quarrel. Eaton says Moore must yield.




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