[D8535ZAW], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Thomas Alva Edison, June 28th, 1885


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[D8535ZAW], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Thomas Alva Edison, June 28th, 1885

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[from Paris; 4 pgs] I have seen Mr. Rau twice and have found him willing to tell me regarding the European Co. They have lost money heavily during 1884 as they were compelled to mark down their accounts. The total loss was 500,000 francs. They have no intention to give the Lamp Co. any chance, if it is in their power to prevent our selling lamps. I am now driving at them for info and avoiding the subject of lamps. I represent here mainly the financial side of the Lamp Co. and have to refer them to Holzer for technical details. ##Biedermann has evidently through his family connections made a good stroke in Vienna. He has the Gas Co. behind him to put in the installations for the Opera House Theatre and Palace. The Gas Co. are working up to a realization that there is a public demand for electric light. If you had told me to trust Biedermann, I could tell you a very long story as to possible results and matters already accomplished. Under my instructions, though, I am simply putting two and two together and trying to get from outside sources proof of Biedermann's assertions. ##The power of attoney for Geneva is here. I shall stop there and examine matters. ##I do not think there has been much money made as I find they have done very little business. I shall try to get a concession for Austria so that the Lamp Co. can supply the lamps for the large installation now going on there. Biedermann says there is an order for 20,000 lamps ready to be placed as soon as we can show our right to sell in Austria. ##Unless he is playing a regular [Bunco?] game on me, I think he tells the truth. I know from outside sources that a very large sum of money is being put into the plant at Vienna. There is a chance for the Tube Co. as the mains go underground.




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