[D8840AAK], Letter from Samuel Flood Page to Thomas Alva Edison, August 9th, 1888


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[D8840AAK], Letter from Samuel Flood Page to Thomas Alva Edison, August 9th, 1888

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"A few days ago Mr. Dyer your agent in Antwerp called upon me and we had a good deal of conversation as to the position in which the Edison Patents stood in consequence of the recent decision of Mr. Justice Kay about which have written to you. ### Mr. Dyer in conversation asked why he should not introduce Edison Lamps into England if other people were enabled in consequence of Mr. Justice Kay's decision to sell incandescent lamps in the United Kingdom? I was completely surprised at his question and told him that I was perfectly certain that you having sold your patents to this company would not approved of any one selling lamps made under these patents in the United Kingdom in opposition to us, in spite of any decision which might have been given rendering your patents invalid. ### I think it only right to tell you that I have not mentioned this matter to the board, but simply to one director as we are perfectly satisfied that you would not approve of any of your agents entering into competition with us in England in the sale of the Edison Lamp. Mr. Dyer also asked me whether we should be prepared without reference to Mr. Justice Kay's decision to allow him to sell lamps on a royalty in the United Kingdom, to which naturally I replied that we had never granted any licenses to sell lamps and as at present advised, I did not think that the directors would be prepared to entertain any proposal for a license. You are aware that everybody who wishes to buy Edison Lamps in this country can do so. In order to show you how we deal with the question, I send you a copy of our current circular with reference to the supply of lamps."




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