[D8905ABA], Letter from Willis N Stewart to Thomas Alva Edison, February 6th, 1889


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[D8905ABA], Letter from Willis N Stewart to Thomas Alva Edison, February 6th, 1889

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Dear Sir:-- I have received the following cablegrams in answer to mine previously advised: "Address Gouraud London Edison: "Gouraud regrets you appoint London agent to negotiate: I have replied as follows: "Advise Gouraud [patents?] mailed: It being impossible to cable [dined?] to London, as cable is interrupted, and also difficult to treat by that medium, I have managed with the house of Matthews Richards & Co, of Brimingham, Calparaiso & Concepcion to arrange the whole matter with Col. Gouraud & have already forwarded full instructions & [patents?]. Some articles in the English ENGINEER have somewhat an people here, but the agreed price will BE PAID when we see the instrument; or a sufficient guarantee in cash will not be so exacting, having confidence in the business,##The gentlemen here interested are the "solid men" of Chile, & it has cost me no small amount of labor to get them interested, having to translate all of the very meagre data in my possession into Spanish. One was recentlysecretary of the Treasury & another is one of AN ex-President. If the instrument is now relatively perfect, I can command any amount of capital, but I think it adviseable to send me by return mail all new data & printed matter, so that I can clearly present the question. Also a phonogram from YOURself & others when instrument is shipped, & dear instructions for management.##This small lighting plant is very successful, & we are about ready to send in our cash for enlarged plant. Santiago has subscribed 400,000 for a new Nation, but propose one million. I have had a sharp light with the transformer system, but hope to get you the order. If so I shall come home soon to purchase. I am consulting engineer of the Co. If you shop Phonograph, see that it is in a zinc lined box & that the cylinders are made to stand equatorial weather & packed accordingly. Yours as ever, With many thanks for your favor, W.N Stewart




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