[D8933AAX], Letter from Harold P Brown to Thomas Alva Edison, March 17th, 1889


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[D8933AAX], Letter from Harold P Brown to Thomas Alva Edison, March 17th, 1889

Editor's Notes

March 17 1889####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 many overhead wires safe. I inclose a copy of my report and have marked my recommendations. I found that the Brush local company were preparing to put in an alternating current system and therefore have laid great stress upon the necessity of adopting an ordinance PROHIBITING this current at a higher pressure than 800 volts, of ourse they have raised a great outcry and are attacking me, endeavoring to discredit my ability. The inclosed letter from Mayor Ripple will explain itself. If you can conscientiously send me a line or two which I can show to Mayor Ripple, I shall be able to add Scranton to the list of cities which have shut out the high tension alternating current which is unsuited for commercial lighting. The local Edison manager, the telephone and telegraph cupts., and the Sprague R.R people have approved my recommendations, bu the Brush people have set their hearts upon getting in the executioner's current.####Sincerely Yours, Harold P. Brown####[name mentions: Mayor Ripple, Harold P. Brown, Thos Edison, Brush Electric Co., Sprague Electric Railway & Motor Co, Scranton]




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