[D8239V], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Thomas Alva Edison, February 19th, 1882


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[D8239V], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Thomas Alva Edison, February 19th, 1882

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Enclose copies of letters recd by Preece from Rio that tell their own story; your man will be surprised you have other sources of info. Hope when Dyer completes his Digest and knows all there is to know, you'll send him here for a week to put your patent matters in order. Now negotiating with Siemens on dynamo, as directly as possible without conceding infringement. Is willing to arbitrate question of infringement and if necessary, take royalty payment, which Hopkinson ssays is usually abt 5%. Waterhouse offered siemens share of the new Co., also Bramwell. Expect we'll make some deal. Will give full estimate to Covent Garden theater and hope to cable you order for machines. Discusses possibility of applying emotor to elevator in 11 Queen Victoria St. [Victoria Station] This tends to be used by all up or all down traffic, creating unbalanced load. Also discusses difficulty of entering/exiting elevator cars which don't seem to actually stop at the desired floor, so women don't like it. Also might be too slow for those rushing for trains, so men might not like it. [what he's describing p. 4 isn't a conventional elevator but sort of vertical electrical rwy in which the car runs on a loop and flips over at top and bottom.] Candelpower measureres have arrived; Hammer will give them thorough test. PS Will dine next week with my friend the Duke of Edinburgh.




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