[D8937AAU], Report from William Dennis Marks to Edison Electric Light Co of Philadelphia, October 15th, 1889

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Philadelphia, October 19th, 1889####To the President and Board of Directors,####Of the Eedison Electric Light Company,####of Philadelphia, Penna####GENTLEMEN:--####I am pleased to report to you that the number of lights connected very closely approximate fifteen thousand, and that the number of lights applied for has reaached twenty-seven thousand very nearly. We are subject to constant delays because of the inability of our wiremen to keep up with the orders, but they are now gaining on them slightly. The Masonic Temple with the thousand lights has about completed its wiring, and the chandeliers will be ready for use in a fortnight. We have obtained permits to open on all the streets applied for new tubes or mains. We are however, still unable to obtain permission from the Director of Public Works to open on all the streets applied for new tubos or mains. We are however, still unable to obtain permission from the Director of Public Works to open for repairs or services on newly paved streets. Although all of the contractors for paving have acceded to our request to be permitted to open the streets and have agreed that they will not claim this opening, as itiating their contract with the City to keep the streets in repair for three years. Our customers all seem very much please with the light save where we have been refused permission to open the streets for repair. The constant and needless delays in getting permits for repairs are exceedingly hard on us.####A complaint from the Aldine Hotel of an excessive bill for the first fortnight has been met and will probably be adjusted in an amicable way. This hotel used the light very largely during the first week as I know from personal inspection but a small concession on our part and the fact that they have learned that out meters are reliable, registering all the light consumed, will teach them to be more economical in the future.####The recent discussion of the electrical executions and therepeated fatal accidents occuring in the arc light systems, in New York City, have caused all forms of electric light to be looked upon as dangerous.####I have to meet this exigency, prepare a Circular to be sent to our customers either present or prospective assuring them of the fact that the Edison Current is positively harmless.####I shall also endeavor too obtain from William McDevitt a certification that within the last two and a half years no fires have occurred from the incandescent circuits in the City of Philadelphia.####Our street work is being delayed by the Edison Machine Works which does not seem to be able to fulfil its orders tor tubing promptly. Tubes ordered on the 7th of last August and since repeatedly written and telegraphed for have not yet been received.####I am pleased however to report in general, substantial progress and a largely increased consumption of light.####I am respectfully and truly yours,####Wm D. Marks####Supervising Engineer & Gen. Manager.####[name mentions: Edison Machine Works, Edison Electric Light Co of Philadelphia, Wm D Marks, Aldine Hotel, Masonic Temple, Director of Public Works]

Date

1889-10-15

Decade

1880-1889

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D8937AAU

Folder Set

D8937

Title

[D8937AAU], Report from William Dennis Marks to Edison Electric Light Co of Philadelphia, October 15th, 1889

Microfilm ID

126:385

Publisher

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