[D8805ACU], Letter from George Harrison Bliss to Thomas Alva Edison, May 12th, 1888


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[D8805ACU], Letter from George Harrison Bliss to Thomas Alva Edison, May 12th, 1888

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"The discussion which has raged in the Chicago Electrical Club on the Constant Current Vs the Alternating Current in electrical lighting has resolved itself into an assault upon the Edison system. ### Owing to the fact that I have defended the constant current system on several occasions the managers of the club insist that I shall read a paper on the subject. ### I have not the time to go in to this subject as carefully as would be desirable and having been out of Electric lighting so long if you can send me some of the strong points of the constant current system and the weak ones of the alternating system I shall be glad to use them. ### If you can tell me where to get at information the quickest which will cover the ground I shall be glad to get that. ### There has been no special object to me in taking up this subject as I am not interested but there seems to be a combine against the Edison interest for advertising purposes and upon grounds which will not stand investigating and which experience will not sustain. ### I am willing to stir up the enemy to the best of my ability if you are willing to help me to get at the strong points in the Edison side of the situation. ### My paper will run largely upon the commercial results achieved by the constant current system which is the real test of the value of any system." Sincerely yours, Geo H. Bliss [TAE marg: Friend Bliss-- I saw accts of your defending papers I think Leonard could give you the best points-- The principal reason why there is so many advocates of alternating may perhaps be found in the fact that we have the principal & broad patents on Direct If our patents were public property you wouldn't find an altenating man in the US Edison




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