[D8905AFU], Letter from Arthur Shippey, Shippey Bros Ltd to Alfred Ord Tate, September 9th, 1889


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[D8905AFU], Letter from Arthur Shippey, Shippey Bros Ltd to Alfred Ord Tate, September 9th, 1889

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Shipley Brothers Limited, electrical Engineering and Electric Lighting Contractors A.O Tate Esq Hotel Castiglione Paris Dear Sir, Yours of the 4th inst. Duly to hand. I can well understand that Mr. Edison's line is fully acepted while in Paris, under these circumstances I am sorry I shall not have the pleasure of seeing him while he is in Europe as I was wishful to bring to his notice a new single fluid battery which I think will suit the phonograph business admirably for certain districts where Storage Batteries cannot be applied to work it. This new Battery, for size and weight, I do not think it can be beaten as 3 quarts of solution gives 40 Ampere hours, on short circuit & the solution [deteriates] but very little, when intermittently used for Phonograph work--However, I will see Col. Gouraud upon this matter when he returns to England, and can at the same time submit a special type of Woodward Storage Cell which we are making for portable work. The Detroit Battery I may mention is owned in England by our Company##Re Woodwards Lamp Patent I have received another letter from Mr. Hastings, in which he states that Mr. Johnson will write me fully in a few days so this so this matter can stand for the present ''status quo'' without troubling Mr. Edison further--##I may say that I have not exhibited the Canadian Lamps at the Birmingham Exhibition as announced by Dr. Woodward's friends: for pending negotiations with your Company I considered it would be better not to show it publicly at present, as it would only interest a few inquisitive Professors on an historical event to no purpose and probably detrimental to the cause. However, I have a Canadian Lamp & allso the only one ever made in the United States, which was produced at the [Lodguime?] trial in 1896 in which Woodward came out victorious, which is important, & which evidence can be produced if your Company should ever require it as evidence to enable them to uphold a certain claim which this patent covers.##Therefore if the present decision stands in the States the acquisition of this fundamental patent will be valuable to the Edison Company in upholding its distribution patents especially controlling as it does a certain section of the industry and as the price asked for the [inexpired?] turn of this patent is very reasonable--I have no doubt but that business will be done in due course with your Company in the meantime. I beg to remain, Dear Sir, yours faithfully, Arthur Shipley ]





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