[D8937AAB], Report from William Dennis Marks to Edison Electric Light Co of Philadelphia, February 19th, 1889

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[D8937AAB], Report from William Dennis Marks to Edison Electric Light Co of Philadelphia, February 19th, 1889

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Phila. Feb. 19th, 1889.####To the President and the Directors of the Edison Electric Light Co. of Philadelphia.####Gentlemen:--####The first two Dynamos and the first copper fittings for Omnibus Bars were received about the beginning fo this month. Within tow days all of the Copper for Omnibus Wiring has been received--some few fittings are yet to come. We have now four Dynamos up, two complete, two lacking switches and connections only and are promised two more this week.####Three Armington & Sims Engines are now erected and are having their final copper connections to steam and exhaust piping put in. The fittings for same are now here and being attahced.####Many vexatious delays have been and are occuring owing to your Engineer's insistance upon no makeshift or temporary work and the apparent inability of contractors to realize that any careless work will be instantly stopped until the best materials and most workmanlike methods are employed.####The three Root Boilers have had drying out fires under them for a week and have so far developed no defects or leaks.####Since your Engineer has had material to work with, work has not stopped night or day, as many men being employed as it is possible to procure and work in the Station, save on Sundays when work is stopped by the special request of your President.####We are liable to start almost any day now, but may be delayed by poor work, accidents or broken promises, for your Engineer believes that you desire above all things that the record of this Company shall be one of uniform excellence and ccertainty of light, and will demand of him the utmost care to this end.####It is proper here, at the beginning of our work, to say that in the arrange, ent of the machinery of your station your Engineer has had in view as a controlling consideration the earning of the dividends and has sacrificed all ornament and economized space for that reason.####It is also of interest to add that in order to secure an equal certainty of light to that of gas your Engineer has adopted a double system of Omnibus wiring in the Station which will enable us to repair all leaks and accidents without depriving our customers of light or power at any time, besides producing greater economy of power.####I am assured by one motor Company that they have 35 motors, large and small waiting for our current, and by another, that 10 motors of considerable power each will be put in. Your Eingineer is certain that the sale of motive power will bring to this Company a large income.####Neglecting this for the present, a discussion of the probabilities of the first six months run based on secured lights will be of interest.####We will assume, to be on the safe side--####15,00 Lamps burning 1 hour per day, 182 1/2 hours at 1 1/8 cents, 15,000 lamos-----$30,765.00####or for one month,-------$5,127.50####Our Pay Roll will be approximately as follows: [payroll follows]####from the balance of $1503.33 will further be deducted the salaries of President, secretary and Treasurer.####It would appear from the very moderate estimate of earnings made that there is a certainty of the Station more than paying its own way from the outset and by next winter it will probably earn large dividends on lighting alone, to which will be added the profits from motors, lamps, renewals and isolated Plants and materials, amounting to ove $500. per month.####I am, ery respectfully and truly yours, Wm. D. Monk####[name mentions: Wm D Monk, Armington & Sons, Edison Electric Light Co of Philadelphia]

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Date

1889-02-19

Decade

1880-1889

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Folder/Volume ID

D8937-F

Microfilm ID

126:347

Document ID

D8937AAB

Publisher

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