[D8846ABP], Letter from Dyer and Seely to Thomas Alva Edison, September 3rd, 1888


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[D8846ABP], Letter from Dyer and Seely to Thomas Alva Edison, September 3rd, 1888

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"You will remembe that you have an interference with Westinghouse on a converter system in which the high tension circuit is made up of a number of conductors with switches for throwing any one of them into use. Your testimony was taken some time ago and established your date of invention at about November 16th 1886. Westinghouse has taken testimony to show that he made the invention in September 1886. Westinghouse and his witnesses have not been cross-examined for the reason that when the interference was first declared you stated that you wished Mr. Tomlinson to cross-examine Westinghouse personally. We allowed Westinghouse to take his testimony with the understanding that the witnesses should be afterward produced for cross-examination, and in accordance with your instructions, we have waited until Mr. Tomlinson should be able to attend to the matter. We do not see now, however, how we can obtain much more time and we do not think it will be possible to reserve the cross-examination until Mr. Tomlinson's return. In view of this, will you please instruct us as to your wishes? It does not appear to us that you hve much chance of success in the interference as Westinghouse seems to be pretty certain in his proofs and is some two months ahead of you on the invention, so perhaps it would be best to drop the matter. TAE marg: "Statte the case to Patent Ofs & get an extension. Its not the mere saving of the case but for other reasons I want Mr T[omlinson] to conduct it. I feel as if Patent Ofs will allow of extension if you properly explain it. E"




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