[D8465C], Letter from Samuel Insull to Thomas Alva Edison, January 4th, 1884


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[D8465C], Letter from Samuel Insull to Thomas Alva Edison, January 4th, 1884

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Insull ALS from London. Happy New year. Received letter from Bailey re: Insull's proposed Continental trip, the contract for Paris co., and bills for Paris exposition. Insull to go to Paris "tonight, talk matters over with Bailey, see Rau about Milan & then push on to Nice to see Batchelor & from there got to Milan & try & get some of that $6476.00 which they owe you & after that go to Berlin & try to get back here by about the time you get this letter." Batchelor to stay on in France then return to NY in June 84. Flood Page as enthusiastic Sec'y in England. Forbes, the chair of Edison & Swan and London, is a "hard headed smart business man whose one object is to make the companies which he runs pay." Though Forbes first with Swan Co., "he knows no preference--his only object is to make money for his Co--& not to uphold Swan against Edison or vice-versa." Commercial value in both names. Forbes said Arnold White's office ran Edison's affairs in England "in a most unbusiness-like manner." Failure of Edison due to White's incompetence, just as with Telephone. Confirmed by Brand at Telephone co. Will claim for the Patent accounts, may not be enough money. TAE's name to go on telepone transmitters? PS-- "I wish you could visit the Holborn Restaurant. It is the most gorgeous place of its kind I have ever seen & if the Engineering of the Edison Co was at all decent it would be a magnificent Edison installation." Suggest selecting.




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