[D8732AAT], Letter from John H Vail to Thomas Alva Edison, May 24th, 1887


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[D8732AAT], Letter from John H Vail to Thomas Alva Edison, May 24th, 1887

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"I am in receipt on yours of the 23rd, relative to the converter. I believe that we can secure good priveleges on Staten Island for testing the converter, and do not know of any place that would be more convenient, or accessible. I will therefore, commence at once to make the necessary arrangements, if you so desire. Please advise me. ## In reference to the lamp test, Mr. Johnson told me that the new lamps were to be tested with a quantity of the old lamps; I will therefore arrange accordingly, but I will not have sufficient engine power to test such a large quantity as you mentioned. ## I have an 8 1/2 by 10 engine, and a 250 light No 10 dynamo, and I propose that we load up this apparatus equally with the old and new lamps as much as it will stand. The engine and the dynamo, wiring, sockets, etc., are all ready for lamps. ## I may have a chance to call and see you the latter part of this week, or will be glad if you will come in when you come to New York. ## I was in Boston yesterday, and attenede a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Illuminating Company. They voted to increase the capital to $500,000. It is now $250,00, and to build at once a new station which will have an ultimate capacity of 12000 lamps. The station building will be 40 feet front by 160 feet deep, and will be a basement and five stories in height. ## It will also interest you to know that we are pulling the Brockton Company our of the mire in which it has been so long. We have secured the street lighting contract on the Municipal system, and get $5400 per year for the street lighting. ## We have put up a new brick smoke stack, 900 horse power, and are going to set another boiler, and a 15 1/2 by 15 engine. We are also making good progress in securing contracts for motive power.





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