[D8818ARL], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Samuel Insull, August 14th, 1888


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[D8818ARL], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Samuel Insull, August 14th, 1888

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The contract between the Edison Spanish-Colonial Co. and the Havana Electric Light Co. was signed to-day. This gives the Havana Electric Lt. Co. control of the Edison patents for the Province of Havana, but not elsewhere, in the Island of Cuba, for a certain period, which depends upon their carrying out the various provisions of the contract. Navarro announced that an exclusive license had been obtained from the City of Havana for electric lighting within the limits of said city, covering a period of fifty years. He stated further to me that it was the intention of the Havana Company to put in a plant at once for ten thousand lights. You, of course, understand what these Spanish people are like to deal with, and my opinion is that the only way in which you can secure this Spanish business is by getting your prices well down. They want two estimates from you, one for 10,000 lights, with mains and feeders for the same capacity and the other for 10,000 lights, with mains and feeders capable of standing a future increase to 40,000 lights. I cannot give you all the particulars as to what they want you to bid on, but Hutchison can find out by calling on Navarro. You should have Hutchison take this matter up without any delay, and I think it will result in a very decent order.





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