[D8835ACY], Letter from Samuel Insull to Thomas Alva Edison, May 24th, 1888

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Abstract

"Whenever I come to New York, I hear a great deal of talk about the new dynamo you are working on for us. A week or two ago, I even heard a man state on your authority, that the dynamo would be sold for 40% less than the present type of machine used by us, when we get to making it regularly. This morning, I was asked down town, when we would be able to deliver some of these machines. ### I write this letter to point out to you that we have a great deal of money tied up in our present form of machine: that the whole of our present stock woul dhave to be worked off, before it would be possible to place the new machine on the market, as otherwise we should lose from 200 to 250 thousand dollars, beign the floating stock that we have on hand all the time. ### I think your work on the new dynamo should be kept as quiet as possible. In addition to the stock which we have to get rid of, it whoudl be remembered that to start making a machine so radically different from our present form of dynamo, would involve the expenditure of a great deal of money in patterns, special tools, jigs, etc. In fact it would be an absolutely radical change in our dynamo department. ### In view of such a fact, I think that anything new that you may have, we should be very careful to keep to ourselves until we are ready to place it on the market. ### I have wanted to get out to see you on this matter, but have only been able to remain away from Schenectady a day at a time. I am going home to-night." Yours very sincerely, Saml Insull PS "I may go to Orange Sunday so as to discuss this whole matter with you. If it is at all possible, I will do so."]

Date

1888-05-24

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

D8835ACY

Folder Set

D8835

Title

[D8835ACY], Letter from Samuel Insull to Thomas Alva Edison, May 24th, 1888

Microfilm ID

123:533

Publisher

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