[D8535ZBD], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Thomas Alva Edison, July 8th, 1885



I have succeeded in making some alterations in the proposed agreement between the Lamp Co. and the Continentale Co. They give us this instead of the clause I wrote you yesterday (see Doc D8535ZBC): the Compagnie Continentale agrees to offer with due course goodwill, to all their customers outside France, American or other lamps at the same price. Then Sweden, Norway, Portugal, and Switzerland are excepted from the European countries which must obtain lamps through Compagnie Continentale and the Lamp Co. are allowed to sell direct to parties in these countries. ##[Goes through other provisions of the contract, including requirement that the Lamp Co. report the names of those they sell lamps to, then points out that it leaves only Holland of the free countries to the Compagnie Continentale, and obliges the French Co. to use American lamps there. French still worried about what will happen if they lose patents.] "Now having this arrangement we can control the trade outside of France for a few years." ##French Co. expect to conclude an arrangement with Swan Co. in England the N. S. Co.[?] of America to shut them out of the market. ##Germany has consented to the fusion. ##"I hope you will agree with any move here to bring the interests of the Lamp co. in harmony with the other Cos. From this place I can see no doubt but that this is the wisest course, for it means full prices and a splendid chance."








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[D8535ZBD], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Thomas Alva Edison, July 8th, 1885

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