[D8933AAN2], Letter from Harold P Brown to Thomas Alva Edison, March 17th, 1889


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[D8933AAN2], Letter from Harold P Brown to Thomas Alva Edison, March 17th, 1889

Editor's Notes

My Dear Mr. Edison: Early last month I visited Scranton as an expert for the city, to determine whether the arc lights were up to contract requirements, and to formulate means of making their overhead wires safe. I enclose a copy of my report, and have marked my recommendations. I found that the Brush local company were prepaing to put in an alternating current system, and there, have laid great stress upon the necessity of adopting an ordinance prohibiting ths current at highere pressure than 200 Volts. Of course they have raised a great outcry, and are attacking me, endeavoring to discredit my ability. If you can conscientiously send me a line or two wich I can show to Mayor Ripple, I shall be able to add Scranton to the list of cities wich have shut out the high-tension altnernating current, which is unsuited for commercial lighting. The local Edison manager, the telephone and teleraph superintendens and the Sprague railroad people have approved by recommendations, but the Brush people have set their hearts upon getting in the the executioner's current.





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