[D8736AEP], Letter from Samuel Insull to Thomas Alva Edison, November 16th, 1887


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[D8736AEP], Letter from Samuel Insull to Thomas Alva Edison, November 16th, 1887

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"I have just wired you as follows:-- 'Paine & Francis ask for bid on transformer plant. We are prepared to bid on and do the work. Johnson informs me that you object to our doing transformer business. Is this so?. If people want transformers, why not sell them and so increase our output?. See Batchelor. Wire reply.' ## The matter came up this way:-- Paine & Francis wrote to Batchelor asking him to bid on a transformer plant. Batchelor referred the letter to us and we got out the bid. It then occurred to me that I ought to see Johnson before bidding on such work. I saw him last night, with Kruesi, and he stated that he thought you objected to this kind of work being done. Now we can make a transformer plant that will work all right. Of course I look at it purely from the point of view of getting work for the shop. If people want transformers, I think we should make them. I trust that you will have replied that we can make the bid. Johnson, I understand, is going to write you on this same subject to-day."




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