[D8239I], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Thomas Alva Edison, January 19th, 1882


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[D8239I], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Thomas Alva Edison, January 19th, 1882

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[24 pgs from London] Didn't fully answer yours of 31 Dec. 10cp lamp might be above average gas jet here, but English want MORE light. People who want ELight are heavy gas consumers and monitor usage carefully. Don't rely on gas statistics from year or two ago. Recent influx of large, economical gas lights for commercial/outdoor use; their increased gas consumption balances loss to electric light. Lack of meter is the sole incompleteness in our system; will be glad to see Jehl, who knows all about them. Want 1-20 lamp meters. Want to run 2 Holborn dynamos together at half capacity at peak time; any objection? About to hire man to gather statistics for you. Formally opened Edison exhibit at Crystal Palace last night (long & amusing account of delay caused by boiler problem). Exhibition successful; sending clippings. This experience demonstrates impts of "your principle of subdivision of power in order to secure reliability" (ie., redundant engines). Contract stuff: at Waterhouse's request wrote paper on economy of light for Bouverie, et.al. Describes demonstration at office of 460 A lamps for prospective investors. Successful; all pleased. Will see Waterhouse about waiving clause 17 (think they will). Post Office: Preece says other Light cos have had trial in main operating room, all failed and Fawcett wants to give us a try. Offered to put 50 lights in central station circuit. Will use table lamps, not chanedleiers. Will make exception to run wires overhead from HOlborn to PO. Agreed to light upcoming Fawcett lecture to gain his goodwill. Covent Garden: tell Fabbri 2 men from CG Theater called in his name, want to know if we're ready to light theater. Will see if facilities there adequate to eclipse totally what Swan did at Savoy. Moses is here en route to Italy, with arc light he wanted Lowrey to buy for you; Gouraud impressed with it. Bidwell converted from his quasi-antagonism toward you as juror of Paris exhibition, and now wants to take share in new Co. Faure battery: seem to have "gathered new strength" and money. They expect to float Co. in few days. They ask you for, and I cabled you to send, 20 5-volt lamps, 20 10-volts, 20 15-volt; say you can do enormous business. Sockets: changes are definite improvements.




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