[D8535ZBA], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Thomas Alva Edison, July 4th, 1885


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[D8535ZBA], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Thomas Alva Edison, July 4th, 1885

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I have concluded to ask for the following arrangement here. ##The Edison Lamp Co. will become a party to the agreement making a fusion, on the condition that we are to have a chance to sell on the Continent at the same price as the Paris factories, and further that in all negotiations and price lists, they will quote the Edison lamps from America at the same price that they quote other lamps and leave the public to choose. ##This gives us the market on the quality of our lamps, which is our strong point. As it is now, we are kept out as much as possible; under such an agreement, we can compel the French Co. to sell our lamps in places where we work up a trade. ##I tell Rau if he will not do this, we shall be compelled to jump on him wherever we can, for we mean to sell lamps. If he will make this arrangement, we will work with him in promoting the business. ##There is a chance that electric lighting will become large in the next few years on the Continent, and I am willing to give the French Co. France for the sake of the rest of the Continent. Their lamp patent is very shaky and this gives me a strong argument, for I say that if it falls, unless they make an arrangement with the Lamp Co. besides the one proposed with the European Co., we shall sell lamps in France for two francs. ##I think we can work matters so that the public will want the Edison Lamps from America, if they are to decide.




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