[D8833AAA1], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Thomas Alva Edison, January 12th, 1888


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[D8833AAA1], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Thomas Alva Edison, January 12th, 1888

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"Regarding the wiring of plants, where our lamps supersede Arc lamps, your instructions to Mr. Card was to sell the lamps and sockets, and to leave the wiring in the hands of the local electrician. We have not done this in the case of Altman Miller & Co., as it was the opinion of Messrs. Card, Jenks and Steringer that it wold be highly dangerous to do so. ### There is very much more danger of fire, from these municipal circuits, than from the ordinary Mutliple Arc, and those who have the most experience with wiring for these, feel that it would be highly dangerous for us to place our lamps on such circuits, unless they were installed by thoroughly competent persons; for, if these were caused by bad wiring, the public would attribute it to Edison Light though the Edison Company were in no way responsible for such, beyond advising the purchaser to do his own wiring. This, we do not care to do without your authorization. We prefer to take the safe course, and in work which Mr. Card solicits, and secures upon our account, we would advise that it be put in by thoroughly competent men, who have been accustomed to wiring for high tension currents." Yours truly, The Edison Lamp Co., By Francis R. Upton, Treas. [Marginalia: "Why not present thoroughly competent instructions. It seems to me this kind of wiring with proper book of instructions can be done by man already in charge of arc currents. It can't so complicated as regular system by any means. E"]




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