[D8435ZBB], Letter from Willis N Stewart to Thomas Alva Edison, August 8th, 1884


View document with UniversalViewer   → View document on Archive.org  → Re-use this digital object via a IIIF manifest


[D8435ZBB], Letter from Willis N Stewart to Thomas Alva Edison, August 8th, 1884

Editor's Notes

Santiago Chile. Ack no. 25 of 30 June. 3 pp Conflict. Complaints about Eaton and his involvement with the Santiago Station. Stewart admits writing sharply in his own letter of 07/10/1884 Stewart, Willis N to Edison Electric Light Co, after Eaton informed him that a company would not be formed. Encloses copy for TAE, in which Stewart says he won’t form a Santiago company under existing circumstances (p2) can do so at any time. My care and labor has completely revolutionized this station; we are dialing adding new & [picked?] customers; receipts have doubled; confidence is so well restored that we are lighting places previously closed, including the Banks & private residences of the best men in the city. I am now adding a lot of all night consumers, & the new dynamo is almost ready. The Government is on our side. & I have earnest and influential partners and assistants. This means that so far as Santiago people are concerned everything is ready for large business. But as Kendall & Co. can make “200,000 in an hour by closing the Station when my contract expires, you may be quite sure that they will do it. Ed. Kendall is nowhere, angry with the Co. for sending me, angry with you for giving me a contract, angry at his cool reception in New York, angry with me because I plainly expose his trickery here & threaten (p3) him with the penitentiary, & angry because he cannot plat the same game in Valparaiso that has been played here. Do you suppose that a man in this frame of mind will earn a dollar for your or the Co.? ## I have Valparaiso nearly arranged, & when you get Santiago I will arrange that also. Tell Maj. Eaton that if he wants to save this station he must act at once and firmly. If not there will be a fine scandal here in December or before.” “my future communications on this subject will be sent only to you.




Folder/Volume ID


Microfilm ID


Document ID



Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
Download CSV | JSON