[D8839ACZ], Letter from Frazar & Co to Everett Frazar, November 14th, 1888


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[D8839ACZ], Letter from Frazar & Co to Everett Frazar, November 14th, 1888

Editor's Notes

We arc very glad to received your telegram of the 11th inst advising us that Mr. Edison prohibits the Berlin and Paris Co's. from interfering with Japan and hope this will settle the question as to Japanese making purchases direct from Europe. You will be pleased to learn that the•T.E.L. Co. have now closed a contract for a 300 light mill plant in Nagoya, and we expect to have details of the order in a few days. Die also learn from Mr. Fujioka that the Central Station plant for Nagoya is not yet ordered, and that Niwa is to be in Tokyo in a short time to consult with him about this plant.##Mr. Fujioka gives us a few additional particulars of Niwa's Berlin trip, as follows:- Nina met in Berlin the Deutsche Edison Gebellschaft" of No. 85 Freiderich-Strasse, to whom he explained that he was the Agent of the Nogoya Elec. Light Co. and if they gave him their lowest prices etc., he could probably do a large business for them. not only in Nagoya but throughout the country etc. The Berlin Co. accordingly gave him an estimate for a Central Station, prices for Dynamos, lamps etc. all of which he claims cut under New York prices and are, in fact, considerably below the prices he received from the other American Companies, besides the Edison.##Mr. Fujioka is inclined to believe that the Berlin Co. have the power to make sales in Japan and China if they wish to do so that there are no legal reasons to restrain them from this, but that from friendship for the American Edison Co. they may decline to hake contracts for Japan and China, when they know that both Japan & China are special territory reserved by the American Edison Co.. It might be well for Mr. Edison to write to Berlin and explain to them how Nita has been about New York for sometime peddling the Nagoya plant to the lowest bidder and that he now comes out to Japan with remarkable stories of the very low prices quoted him in Berlin etc. etc. and he can also mention that his (Edison) agents .here are attending to this Nagoya business and ask the Berlin Co. to give him(E) a copy of the estimate and prices they have furnished Niwa which please send us soon as possible.##Perhaps you can arrange to cable us on receipt of this the amount of the Berlin Co's estimate for the Nagoya Cen. Ste. say "Berlin 1,500 lamps $--- c.f.i." which we will understand to be their net price quoted to Niwa for a Con. Sta. plant of 1500 16 C.P. lamps. When this letter reaches you, and probably before Nita is likely to be in Tokyo in treaty with Pujioha to break down prices, it would therefore, be of assistance to us to know direct from Berlin exactly the bottom prices and terms they gave him. Signed, Frazar & Co.










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