[D8905AIE], Letter from Philip Sidney Dyer to Thomas Alva Edison, November 16th, 1889


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[D8905AIE], Letter from Philip Sidney Dyer to Thomas Alva Edison, November 16th, 1889

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[Note: "London Lighting"]; [sent from Antwerp] Re- [Smoke?] consumers ## They are all no good exept the past-thing from australia which "Preece" says works all right; and is the thing. I could not see it--when last in London, as Mr. Preece was away, and I could not find the company who has the thing in ton, Mr. Preece has promised to send me full data, I expect to be in London about the 30th and will get at it. London is FULL of "Artesian" and "Abyssinian" tube wells and sonsequently is drained DRY. All the Engineers in this business tell me the same story and will not hold out any incouragement whatevver, all the deeper wells the supply is lowering every year. The Water Works Cos will not supply water to any one who has a drivan wall on the property. With regard to supplies from the gravel or surface water only in comparatively low lying districts or near the River can large quantities be obtained. ## Enclose list of a few places in London where Artesian or Abyssinian Tube Walls have been drivan by the best engineers in this work. I think you told me you thought of using [condusing?] engineers. Mr Pender says the great trouble would be (unless your station was near the river) to get rid of the waste water. ## In regard to a water supply if near the River you would not have much trouble, as I understand you can put in a wall on property on the River front or near it and get all the supply needed without interference from those owning the River water privileges. By this mail I send you some [phamflats?] from the Gulraud & Suteleff Engineers--All the Engineers in this business look tried and seem to be ready to go into some other business. ## The Bell Telephone mfg Co. have, are just completing a [---- ----] four story building and will have a good large floor to spare. ## I hae been thinking if you intend to do anything in the "Doll Phono" this coming year that their factory would be just the place to make the whole thing or any part you wished to but up sourhave and it could be done at least 30% cheaper than in America. The "Paris Tel" people would gladly take up this matter also. In any case of this kind do not forget that, I am alive and READY. Kindly let me know if you intend to go into the London Central Station affair, before next year I expect to be in America about and of December. [Enclosure follows]:






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