[D8933AAZ], Letter from Harold P Brown to Thomas Alva Edison, May 1889


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[D8933AAZ], Letter from Harold P Brown to Thomas Alva Edison, May 1889

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Dear Sir:##As the Westinghouse Electric Co., are making strenuous efforts to introduce their apparatus, and are urging in its favor its "economy" as well as its "safety," and as I am frequently consulted on the subject, I felt authorized to address to Mr. Westinghouse, on the 4th of April, a registered letter, a copy of which I enclose, giving him a fair opportunity to have his remarkable claims demonstrated at my expense. The official receipt for the letter has long since reached me, but there has been no reply. You will remember that Mr. Westinghouse and his experts pronounced this current "safe" and "harmless," and that they have violently attacked the writer for maintaining and proving it was dangerous. As a result of my work, the New York state authorities, after a long and thorough investigation, have purchased for electrial execution three Westinghouse alternating urrent dynamos, built for the apparatus is concerned, and I am anxious to have its commercial value definitely settled by the proposed test. I would therefore be glad to receive from you any suggestions concerning methods, or any results of you experience with the alternating current that you may care to place at my disposal. In return I shall take pleasure in sending you copy of report of the tests when completed.##Sincerely Yours##Harold P. Brown
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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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