[D8828ABI], Letter from John B Powell (New York) to Thomas Alva Edison, April 26th, 1888


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[D8828ABI], Letter from John B Powell (New York) to Thomas Alva Edison, April 26th, 1888

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"We have applied to the authorities of the State of Maine, for a charter for the new Arc Light Co., which I am organizing, as the laws of that State are more favorable than either New York or New Jersey. ### I am a little puzzled as to the name we can give to the company, and it has been suggested to me by some of my associates, with your permission, that it might be well to call the Company "The Edison Electric Arc Light Company" or something like that, as you are to do all the manufacturing. Will you please let me know by return mail what your views are upon this subject, as I wish to telegraph the name of the Co., to Portland as soon as possible. This Co., will be no small affair, as we intend to push it for all it is worth, and depend upon doing a large business with small profits rather than a small business with large profits. We shall, or course, put a great any agents into the field all over the United States, which agents will not be any disadvantage to the Edison Incandescent system, as they will be instructed to recommend the Edison system in all cases." Very respectfully, JB Powell [Marginalia: "Ans 20/4/88" "Tell him I am bound by contract not using name for any Lighting Co so can't do it. E"]




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