[D8238H], Letter from Charles Batchelor to Thomas Alva Edison, January 9th, 1882


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[D8238H], Letter from Charles Batchelor to Thomas Alva Edison, January 9th, 1882

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"We have just started our Strasbourg plant and it is working nicely in the Gare or R.R. station there. The first night was eventful as usual; that is that although we had only on 35 lights after running 4 hours a man noticed fire coming out o farmature at back side. I had Sucbel there and after he stopped he investigated it and found that 1/2 inch of a top layer and 1/2 inch of a bottom layer had burned right away and he had to patch in again so much. This was defective insulation between the two. Of course no one knew anything about this but ourselves as it never stopped. I am very much afraid that they do not give these machines a 5 hours trial with a load on, or you would certainly see these defects, remembering the many nights I had to put in at the Opera House, doctoring them up, I always feel scared till I hear that they have run two or three days with a load on. Please make more rigorous trials." Marg: "Do not have any trouble here. Machines are run four hours with 80 lights on for test. Strasbourg machine probably one of the first ones made which were defective."





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