[D8835AAU], Letter from Samuel Insull to Charles Batchelor, February 2nd, 1888


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[D8835AAU], Letter from Samuel Insull to Charles Batchelor, February 2nd, 1888

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"You may remember that the last correspondence I had with you about transferring the Patents which are in your name for which we paid, closed by your stting that you could not assign them to us, owing to the contract with the Edison Light Co. The other day you told me in the Laboratory you were ready to make the assignment to us at any rate. ### When I received your last letter I asked Johnson what he did in the case of Bergmann, and he said that he transferred all the Patents which he had got out ot Bergmann & Co. Now Johnson signed precisely the same agreement that you did, and I pointed out to Johnson the provision of the agreement, which you said prohibited you from making the transfer, and I also told him that such a provision would operate to prevent the shops from doing any experimental work whatever at the direction of any of their stock-holders. Johnson said the contract was not meant to operate in any such way and that the wording was an oversight and intimated that he should proceed to transfer any Patents which he might get out to Bergmann & Co. I think it would be very much better for you to do the same thing. The Patents are undoubtedly ous, as you yourself admit, inasmuch as we have paid for the experiments and paid for the Patents. If there is any trouble later on (which is the remotest possibility,-in fact you can hardly call it a possibility) we will undertake to protect you. ### I would very much like to get all old matters closed up, and it is certainly not right for me to carry on my books charges for Patents which are not in our name. I wish you would do what you intimated to me at the Laboratory the other day that you would do, namely, transfer immediately all Patents belonging to us." Very truly yours, Saml Insull





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