[D8933ACL], Letter from Edward Dean Adams to Thomas Alva Edison, November 8th, 1889


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[D8933ACL], Letter from Edward Dean Adams to Thomas Alva Edison, November 8th, 1889

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The duty on imported cables is 45%. Havving had some experience in the importation of cables in this country, I think I can say positively that it would be impossible to get a cable in free of duty for inland use.####Should you desire, giving me the necessary specifications, I can procure, through an engineer in London who has acted for some Companies that I am connected with, positive proposals from the vvarious constructors of electrical cables in England, so that we may know exactly what time and money would be required for this branch of the business. In contracts involving several millions of dollars this gentleman acted as our inspector located at the works, and being a practical electrician having a personal acquaintance with all the manufacturers, his services would be useful and I can have them promptly.####As to jurisdiction in the Niagara River, it has been declared by the Government to be a navigable stream. It would be necessary to obtain the consent from the United States Government to lay a cable, and also from the towns along the line of the river--the latter necessity being in lieu of the State authoirty, by reason of the amendment to the Niagara Falls Company's charter, under which the necessary power has been conferred for our action, subject only to the approval of the townships. This latter can readily be obtained at short notice.####Very truly yours, Edward D. Adams####[next page]: I cabled Siemens Bros for approximate Estimate on sizes cabled--The [pr---] are rather high when 45 percent is added & I think they can be made in this Country. I am certain I can make no good cable if the character we want no the London people=My Engineer is now along Niagara River making preliminary survey inquires about [---], anchoring etc, I have two young men at Buffalo making a lighting survey a couple of weeks will furnish it, & will show the position of every kerosene lamp--gas jet electric & arc and the hours of burning this will give us within 5 pct of everymans gas bill--E




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