[D8805AHR], Letter from Laclede Gas Light Co, Frederic Egner to Thomas Alva Edison, October 16th, 1888


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[D8805AHR], Letter from Laclede Gas Light Co, Frederic Egner to Thomas Alva Edison, October 16th, 1888

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"The object of this letter is business, and therefore had perhaps better be at once refereed to the proper business agent. I simply addressed [unclear] because I do not know whom I ought to write to, and [unclear] the write may be excused for addressing you directly. ### The subject of the letter is a gas apparatus, the patents of which the subscriber wants to sell, being [unclear] of a sum of money written the next twelve days. Should the appratus in question seem useful to you (or Companies operating electric light plants) I would be glad to get an offer, and if [unclear]with what I require, I would accept of course, but reserve the right to refuse. The fact Gas and Electric Engineering Co. of Pittsburgh Pa and I have been informed working on the basis of [unclear] fuel [unclear]. This is to give fuel and power, through means of gas engines, to light up by the Westinghouse Electric system. IN that way combining gas and electric light. The same Co. employees Mr. E. McMillin of [unclear] as Gas Generating Engines. All this gave me the idea to write to you [unclear] on the subject of my gas apparatus, which I am told furthermore, the Westinghouse Co. is infringing. I do not go much on the value of gas [unclear] still if my claims are not [unclear] then the others have no claims at all as I [unclear] them all. I enclose a pamphlet more particularly describing my apparatus for illuminating [unclear] and by [unclear] and [unclear] sketch to show that portion of it which is adapted to make just gas only, all of which has been [unclear] by working the appatratus on a pretty long scale. ### As my [unclear] to look about when I might what I require without knowing. I thought that perhaps some of the Edison electric gas might like to have a system of first gas [unclear] like the Westinghouse [unclear] this not the same, and in this way I might obtain what I want. As a Gas Engineer of many hyears standing and [unclear] I claim (Invention conceit maybe) that I have the simplest, sharpest, and most [unclear] system for making fuel or [unclear] gas. I have [unclear] built and organized the longest water gass applicance built any where, and another man got the money for it, though my apparatus still stands and is working, and all I say can be easily verified. Should you or Co. [unclear] the service of a [unclear] Engineer (for gas) I would be most happy to enter into agreement and would refer to Col. Thomas, Editorr of the American Gas Light Journal as to my professional standing--being fully [unclear] to that of any other Gas Engr in the U.S. Should the matter about my gas apparatus meet with the approval and favorable consideration of your Co's I would like to be informed by telegraph (at my expense) in order that I might know what to do." Very respectfully, Frederic Egner




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