[D8534W], Letter from Willis N Stewart to Thomas Alva Edison, November 28th, 1885


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[D8534W], Letter from Willis N Stewart to Thomas Alva Edison, November 28th, 1885

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On the night before leaving NY, you made me an estimate for changing the Central Station system in Santiago to use water power. Will you install such a plant, for 10,000 10-candle power lamps, if Grace & Co deposit a sum sufficient to cover the contract price in a NY bank, payable when the station is in successful operation? If so, Grace is ready to do the work, only requiring that you be able to put such a plant in successful operation. If you will [----] Grace & Co what you will do, we will employ engineers to furnish plans for a decisive estimate. ##The present deal in Santiago is solely an effort on the part of the Bank of Valparaiso to get hold of the business for solely the cost of the building and then continue the ancient policy of Kendall & Co. All the stockholders hope to be able to join with you in revising the plant. Grace will clsoe the whole deal and guarantee you cash if you will undertake the work, and I will superintend its execution in aid of any person you may send out. [TAE Marg]: "Stewart--You know I am all out of business now and couldn't take the contract personally but perhaps I could get the Light Co to do so. Please send me all the data of every kind, the area to be lighted, and every species of information that will enable me to draw out a general plan to see if it is feasible. I've made a new improvement so I can take the present 3 wire system which saves[?] 62 1/2 % and save 1/2 as much again."




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