[D8241Q], Letter from George Harrison Bliss to Thomas Alva Edison, August 29th, 1882


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[D8241Q], Letter from George Harrison Bliss to Thomas Alva Edison, August 29th, 1882

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Pls tell me max HP you will sell to any one party in NY first district. Glad to hear you will give us storage battery--send details. TAE marg: "I can give you storage battery better than Faure but if you desire to be a success don't touch a storage battery. It's a beatiful product of science but a most dismal failure commercially." Talked with Moses at Goerck St., who was optimistic that arc light would be ready for customers within a month, that it would run in same circuit as incandescent using same current as 15 of the 8cp lamps. Are you equally sangauine? TAE marg: "Either he lied outrageously or you misunderstood him he has nothing but an arc light which will burn on B circuit, or 2 in service on a A circuit. It requires 1hp each. it will soon be ready so will our 100cp incandescent the latter is preferable & more durable." J. V. Farwell & Co putting up huge dry goods warehouse; they're stockholders in Western Co but plan to use Fuller arc for large area. TAE marg: "we can give them arc or 100cp incandescent." If we can offer arc or big incandescent I can probably shut out rivals. TAE marg: "you shall have them but it takes time to do all things." Took order for 310 A lamps, with forfeiture clause in case plant not ready by date promised. TAE marg: "it won't be on account of dynamo or lamps." Only foreseeable obstacle is getting engine, but Armington & Sims promised to ship by 15 Sept. TAE marg: "Look out for Armington & Sims. They don’t come to time. You better [commence?] on going further now & keep it up." Engines are the roadblock; holding up Academy of Music installation. TAE marg: "I am trying to arrange it so we can have large stock [of engines] in hand." Congrats on promising condition of first district.




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