[D8833AAW], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Thomas Alva Edison, March 19th, 1888



"There is a dispute at present going on between Mesrs. Bermann & company and the Edison Lamp Company regarding indicators. I have a request to make to you, viz; that you do not take sides in the disputes, either as regard who should make the indicators, or the price of them. The price we charge is high, looking at the instrument simply as so much wire; but considering the trouble we have been at to perfect the instrument, and the care we have bestowed upon each instrument to have it right, and the inspection which we put upon plants--which is to be charged against the instrument--the price yields nothing more than a fair profit. ### There are no complaints from any of the stations regarding the price of indicators; the prices of the comparative indicators, and the lamp indicators are satisfactory to them. ### The United Company charge $65.00 for an indicator, and get it, and have no complaints to make regarding the price, as the matter of $5.00 form the $28.00 charged them will not make much difference in their profit. ### Messrs. Bergmann & Company claim the indicator business as their right from the Edison Light Company, but until we receive from the Light Company some distinct recognition of our rights in the matter, we are unwilling to give Bergmann & Company any royalty for this year." Very truly yours, The Edison Lamp Company by Francis R. Upton TAE marginalia; "I will take no sides." "Ans Mch 21/88"]








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[D8833AAW], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Thomas Alva Edison, March 19th, 1888

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