[D8736ACX], Letter from Samuel Insull to Thomas Alva Edison, July 13th, 1887


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[D8736ACX], Letter from Samuel Insull to Thomas Alva Edison, July 13th, 1887

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"I have your favor of the 10th. inst. with relation to the manufacture of arc lights. ## I did not understand that Carmen controlled the Tesla lamp; I was under the impression that we would be dealing to a certain extent with Tesla, and that I thought, would be most objectionable. We will have the lamps we have got here, tested right away. I agree with you most decidely, that it is advisable for us to manufacture some kind of an arc lamp, if there is a demand for one. Our present brush holder and switch board department, would certainly from a nucleus for a fine instrument making department. When we get the tube department into the new building, we will have space available so that we can take these two departments out of the main shop and put them into part of the space at present occupied by the tube department . Moreover it would place us in a position to deal with any small stuff which you may get out in the future. I am confident that you will find it to your interest to place your small work with us; we shall certainly do it cheaper than you have heretofore been in the habit of getting it done, and I think the business relation between you and ourselves as regards this class of work, would be far more satisfactory to you than have been those which you have had heretofore with other people. ## We have got the thin sheet iron for the converter. We are now trying some experiments on a thin disc armature under instructions from Mr. Batchelor, before we proceed to put through the converter experiment; as soon as these tests are through, we will send you the result. If you have any directions to give us in relation to the converter experiment, please send them along. ## Johnson has not het obtained the permit to lay tubes; he expects it at any moment and we have already started shipping mains and feeders to New York."




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