[D8435D], Letter from Willis N Stewart to Edison Electric Light Co, Sherburne Blake Eaton, March 13th, 1884


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[D8435D], Letter from Willis N Stewart to Edison Electric Light Co, Sherburne Blake Eaton, March 13th, 1884

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11 page progress report [REVISIT what’s the relation with Coster? SEE D8226ZBL1 p 3 for earlier troubles with gas company in Santiago] Writes from Santiago, Chile. Tells of travels and situation in Bolivia -- regarding patent, and regarding Pervost, who has made an offer (which TAE has probably already laid before you). Secured an agent in Iquiqui (northern Chile). (p2) Traveled to Valparaiso with Dr. Demerest who has cabled the EELCo, and who was plotting a raid on gas stocks in Santiago. Also met Mr. Spencer and "all my former employees here." Lengthy description of intrigue in Santiago, mentioning encounters with various agents of Ed Kendall & Co. [See D8131Q, D8147Wp 5-6] and other documents for background] (p3) Discusses relations between local stockholders and the company in New York, the Oralle contract; the interception of letters by competitors; and "All funds necessary to run the Santiago station have for months past been furnished by the stockholders, not once cent coming from Valparaiso." #"The stockholders called for liquidation as the least of two evils. They are confident of success if clear of [Ed Kendall & Co.]" # Trouble at Mme COUSINO ? CORSIÑA’s ?? electric light installation "late in the afternoon of her birthday. All the best people of Chili were present at a great ball in the evening. . . . It is almost certain that somebody bribed the Engineer." (p4) [Ed Kendall & Co.] is meeting with gas company officials; Stewart thinks EK&Co could be sued for conspiracy. (p7-8) Stewarts got his contract, but would rather have a corporation in place. Urges an arrangement between EELCo, TAE, and EK&Co, in the interest of moving things along. Mr. Lanz and Prof[ Zegas?]have kicked in $10,000 to help Stewart work the contract. (P9) Mr Ozalle[sp?] Mr Oralle [sp?] “did not like the Coster incident and while having full confidence in the business, he proposes to keep clear . . . so long as EK&Co are connected. Mr Ozalle[sp?] Mr Oralle [sp?] has a contract with the company (p10) Mr Water’s has done very well, so far as the station. (p10) "The stockholders have unanimously asked EK&Co to give me an office in the station, but they take no notice of the communication." #Present orders from more than 1000 lamps inside a radius of half a block from the station.” (p11) a new hotel, &c. are now being constructed in the neighborhood. #encloses newspaper clippings relation to Edison Light in Chile. ## Re Madame Cousino, see Electrician UK V 12 Dec 8 1883 "Notes" p 74:New York Edison Company have lighted the house of Madame Cousino at Santiago, Chile. The machinery is placed in a gouse built in the grounds specially for this purpose. It consists of a boiler by R. Wetherfill and Co. of Chester, Penna, two Armington and Sims engins, four Z dynamos, &c. The surrent is conveyed to house, gardens stables, greenhouse &c. through more than 2,000 feet of underground conductors. There are 200 A or 16 candle-power, and 120 B or 8 candle-power lamps in circuit, which light every room in the house. The garden is lighted by lamps and reflectors placed on the statuary, as well as by lamps introduced in the ornamental rockwork and fountains, while the four gate posts have each five lamps in a glove. The installation was carried out under the supervision of Mr. W.N. Stewart.




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