[D8805ADX], Letter from Everett Frazar to Thomas Alva Edison, June 21st, 1888


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[D8805ADX], Letter from Everett Frazar to Thomas Alva Edison, June 21st, 1888

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"A few days since I received a cable from my partner in Yokohama reading as follows: 'Edison's Japanese Iwadare has contracted for Westinghouse plant, Osaka (Japan).' ### I at once telegraphed this to Mr. Insull, as Mr. Iwadare is still in New York, going about from place to place, getting prices of engines, boilers, dynamos, and all electrical fixtures, preparatory to going to Japan. Mr. Peck from my office has seen Mr. Iwadare a few days ago and he tells him that he has as good as arranged to take an engine from a firm in Rochester, only requiring further a boiler. Evidently, he has arranged for his dynamo, lamps and fixtures with some other concern, probably the Westinghouse, as enabled from Japan. ### This shows that the Japanese cannot be at all depended upon; that after getting schooling in your establishments they are expected to turn out Edison disciples, but that, on the contrary, they are bound to make use of all information they can get and take just such goods as will suit their own purpose best. I am still of the opinion that you would do well to allow no Japanese to enter your employ. Far better that they should be referred to me, and I will put before them the great advantages of the Edison system from beginning to end. In this I am quite sure we are in accord, as shown by your late letter to me. Believe me," Yours very truly, Everett Frazar




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