[D8239ZDJ], Letter from Arnold Henry White to Thomas Alva Edison, July 20th, 1882


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[D8239ZDJ], Letter from Arnold Henry White to Thomas Alva Edison, July 20th, 1882

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[nice summary of legislative affairs and general financial and legal strategy] Got your of 5 July about cost of machinery; will send you prices and specs of Siemens, Swan, and Brush machines. Bill approved by Parliamentary committee; expect it will past Commons and Lords. Only Edison interests protested limitation of term to 15 years. Sir John Lubbock will present petition essentially disavoing Brush and Maxim Cos. Got informal order today to light Waterloo Station. "The financial troubles through which this country is now passing have had a great effect on electric lighting. The shares of the subsidiary companies of the Brush are not only at a discount but are wholly unsaleable. Mr. Bouverie and Sir John Lubbock are glad that we have not found ourselves with a crowd of subsidiary share-holders clamorous and discontented, but that we have taken the more dignified and quiet course of solidifying our position before actually launching sub-companies. We shall have three more companies out by October. Johnson is missed terribly here. He had a capacity for inspiring faith which exceeded that of any other man with whom I came in contact." Learning from experience with telephone Co., have agreed to join fund with other electric light Cos. to present united front to gas interests and small infringers. One consequence is approval of patent disclaimers without opposition from Swan or Lane Fox, quite unlike the telephone experience. Will send you and EHJ full details of large installations to be made at Westerminster, Holborn, other places.




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