[D8239Q], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Thomas Alva Edison, February 1st, 1882


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[D8239Q], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Thomas Alva Edison, February 1st, 1882

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The British and US pats for the arc light you wanted to buy were never taken out; it's in public domain; see enclosed from Waterhouse [D8239R. Got long Fabbri letter enclosing Gouraud & Colonail Light correspondence; think matter practically closed. Thanks to you and Fabbri for giving me interest, whatever it is. Will cooperate with the Duke [who?] in perfecting his organization;l have been helping, ran Holborn dyanmos for him, etc. Saw Webster ystdy about Patent No 5; he's skeptical of its validity. Waterhouse says in view of doubts about patents and great sums to be required, you should waive a % of what's coming to you. Relates conversation with Waterhouse about various compromises by TAE and investors; Waterhouse cable to Fabbri about compromising on Clause 17 was sent after these discussions. [compromise seems to be for TAE to waive #17 regarding royalty in return for investors' earlier concession to put in entire 25,000 lbs before having full proof of economy of system over gas.] Think we've done as well as we could with any other group of investors; these are good men. Waterhouse Bros please with Co and my work; offered to take one share iin my name until I can raise necessary 2500 pounds. Awaiting reply to my cable when big machine will be shipped. Contract with City stitpulated I was to light Holborn today but not able to --need big machine. Crystal Palace is booming. Describes recent event there with Lord Mayor. Showed our chandelier with 99 A lights, etc. A few of the 500 lamps arced, attracting attention and admiration at their harmlessness. But lamps here aren't as good as those at home. They all give out only by arcing. In view of this, and of suggestion in yr letter, today I cabled for 2000 new lamps with new sockets. Think you've made mistake by sending best lamps to Paris, keeping next best, and sending worst to London, where there's most competition. Got judgement today in (Scottish) Telephone trial. More power microphone parties say they'll test this decision but I doubt it.




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