[D8936AAE], Letter from Chicago Edison Co, Frank Sanford Gorton to Thomas Alva Edison, January 19th, 1889


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[D8936AAE], Letter from Chicago Edison Co, Frank Sanford Gorton to Thomas Alva Edison, January 19th, 1889

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Dear Sir: We are talking of building a station for residence lighting principally. The area to be covered is 1-2 mile wide by a mile and a hlaf long. The station would be located a mile and a half from our present station? The new station would have capacity of from 15000 to 20000 lights. I do not think the largest load would be over 10,000 lights, and the light load might be 1000 at the utmost. This new station would cover the residence district in which many of our stockholders life, and they are very anxious for the light. If operated constantly we do not think it would pay, unless we could feed it from our present station, [handwritten: at least part of the time] with one or two men to attend to the regulation. We would be obliged to you for any suggestions you may give us on the subject.##We could locate the station on one side of the area, adjoining the railroad and the lake, in that way making a saving in fuel and water.##It occurs to us that if we could feed from the old station to the new station, it might possibly be cheaper to feed from the new station to the old one.##We enclose rates we get for power, which you will see are higher than some companies charge; also a table showing the rates for power compared with the rates for light. This is based on motors for continuous work--not intermittent.##Mr. E.T Watkins, former President of the old gas company, who is a stockholder in our company, has been prevailed upon by our people to take the Presidency of this Company. He went to New York last night and while he is East will probably call on you. He has with him a statement of our last year's business, which I will ask him to show to you. In it I show the largest and the smallest number of lights operated during December, which is the largest lighting month. I wish you would please give Mr. Watkins all the information he may desire, because on the result of what he learns there will determine the policy of this Company for the future [handwritten: to some extent].##Regarding the matter of new statino, if you wish, I will send you maps of the city showing our present station and the contemplated station. Very truly yours, The Chicago Edison Co.




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