[D8933ABO], Letter from Edward Dean Adams to Thomas Alva Edison, October 16th, 1889

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Winslow, Lanier & Co.####New York, 16th October, 1889####[####Thomas A. Edison, Esq., Orange, N.J, Dear Mr. Edison--I send you by this mail copy of a map of the City of Buffalo that may be of use in connection with your study of the Niagra Falls project.####I learn from the local agent of the Hartford Boiler Insurance Company in Buffalo that they estimate the total horse power used daily in that city as between 60,000 and 75,000. Nearly accurate figures can be procured in about a week's time and at some expense if the estimated statement is not sufficient. Coming from this authority and based upon the business that they do and that which they would like to do, I think we may assume it is fairly correct.####handwritten note: It’s the position of this horsepower or size of units I am after not quantity, please get the inforamtion I asked for. I am making a business plan & want commercial data.]####In the town of Tonawanda, I am reliably informed, that 3,000 horse power is used by the wood-working establishments alone, 250 for the lighting of the town and not less than 35,000 up to a maximum of 50,000 for all the manufacturing purposes. The gemtlemen in control of the wood-working establishments are those who have offered to take power for themselves and light and power for their electric Company.####The following distances are furnished me by those who know, as those which would be available as a route for right of way between Niagra Falls and Buffalo: Tunnel lands at Niagra Falls to center of the town of Tonawanda####9 1-2 miles####Tunnel lands to northern ccity limits of Buffalo 13 2-3 miles####Tunnel lands to City Hall, Buffalo, 19 1-6 miles.####The City Hall is located one mile beyond the manufacturing center of the City.####I telegraphed you a few days since that the engineers, Messrs Evershed and Porter, are within call and I can arrange for them to meet you at any time and place you may select, for such explanations as you may wish from them as to the details of their project.####In considering this business, I do not know that I sufficiently expresseed my idea upon it in our brief interview the other day, and therefore recur to it now. I look upon the enterprise first as a project to furnish power by electrical means in the immediate vicinityh of the town of niagra Falls. A comparatively small amount of light would also be consumed there. That if the project upon this basis will return a fair rate of interest upon the capital invested, we ccan safely engage in the business, trusting to development under good management for the larger results to be expected. As one of the means of obtaining large profits, we look, FIRST: to the supply of light to Tonawanda and Buffalo: SECOND: to the supply of those places.####Professor Rowland writes me that he has, in the preparation of his report, written to each of the various electric light companies for special information upon the subject. If there is any information that I can gather for you through my assistants, I will make an appointment with you some evening for further discussion of the matter.####Sincerely yours, Edward D. Adams####[name mentions: Professor Henry Rowland, Edward D. Adams, Albert Porter, Evershard, Hartford Boiler Insurance Company]

Date

1889-10-16

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

D8933ABO

Folder Set

D8933

Title

[D8933ABO], Letter from Edward Dean Adams to Thomas Alva Edison, October 16th, 1889

Microfilm ID

126:88

Publisher

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