[D8738AAH], Letter from John William Schroeder to Edison United Manufacturing Co, September 30th, 1887

Item

Abstract

Enclosed with D8738AAG. "In reply to your favor of the 29th isnt in reference to the enclosed I beg to state that the Sawyer-Man Co have had a local agent at Paterson under salary, but because of the fact that an Edison plant had been thrown out of the Silk mile of Wm Strange & Co no manufacturer would purchase an incandescent plant. ## After I had sold to [-]eorands & son it was established that an Edison plant could be made to work successfully in a Paterson Silk mill and the prejudice being all in our favor under normal conditions every order would gone to the Eidson Company ## The Sawyer-Man agent then started to sell 100 light plants at $700 each, complete, lamp renewals at 50 cents and gave the purchase the option to reject the plant in 60 to 90 days and all subsequent orders were taken under the latter agreement. The Pioneer Silk Co who recently purchased a 450 light plant of us told me that very much of the machinery is purchased subject to approval and that therefore the same option in the case of electric lighting is very popular. ## The number of plants placed by the Sawyer-Man Co is about 10 and many of the concerns are waiting the results of our plant at the Pioneer mill before purchasing elsewhere. Only one small Sawyer-Man plant has yet been put in operation and for this they have received the highest praise from the purchaser, but whatever company is the first to loose a plant is doomed in Paterson ## I would be happy to have Mr Johnson send a clear headed man to look over the field." Enclosure: a small newspaper clipping detailing the work of Mr. E. O Bernard, a representative of the Sawyer-Man Co., and his work selling lighting plants to knitting mills and silk factories.

Date

1887-09-30

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

D8738AAH

Folder Set

D8738

Title

[D8738AAH], Letter from John William Schroeder to Edison United Manufacturing Co, September 30th, 1887

Microfilm ID

120:10

Publisher

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