[D8239ZDU], Letter from Arnold Henry White to Thomas Alva Edison, August 24th, 1882


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[D8239ZDU], Letter from Arnold Henry White to Thomas Alva Edison, August 24th, 1882

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Have your letter of 11th on machinery, also long one from EHJ on same subject. Replies to TAE letter rer: price of Z machines, (lamp) switches; sockets (EHJ says he can make cheaper). Examined your 80 light installation (where?); Swan's gross cost seems lower than yours. Discusses correspondence to/from EHJ about comparing with Swan installations: "The average public do not stay to enquire whether it is true or a lie that a lamp alleged to be 20 candles is or is not 20 candles. What the average public want is electric light and in the small installations they do not stay to examine very closely into the relative economy of maintenance of the competing systems. What they look at is first cost and howevermuch we may all regret the folly & ignorance which are thus evidenced the fact remains that we must either cater for this foolish ignorant public in their way or suffer others wiser in their generation to step into the breach." Swan lamps sent you on 2nd.




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