[D8939AAA], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Samuel Insull, January 2nd, 1889

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"I want to speak to you regarding this matter, and send you the letter of Leonard & Isard's to remind you of it.####I received your telephone message and will be at your office before twelvve, noon. I expect to be there at ten thirty in the morning to meet Mr. Hammer.####Yours truly," [Enclosure]:Chicago, Dec. 29th, 1888####Edison Lamp Co.,####Harrison, N.J.####Gentlemen:--####We are getting out some circulars for distribution among such parties as are likely to desire information upon electric lighting, motors, etc., principally architects, lighting companies and owners of cheap power, and should like very much to receive as strong an indorsement from you as you care to give, as to our eletrical ability, responsibility and experience in the electrical field.####We enclose herewith copy of circular letter sent to architects of Minneapolis & St. Paul. We now wish to get our circular broader in its scope, and shall hope to be favored with good testimonial from you.####Yours very truly,####Leonard & Izard, per Howard Leonard####1 enclosure####[Enclosure]:####Dear Sirs:####The wide and constantly extending demand for incandescent lighting in Office Buildings, Stores and Private Dwellings, renders it almost imperative for Architects to give due consideration to Electric Wiring in connection with all first-class new work.####Many inexperienced and irresponsible firms throughout the country, taking advantage of the fact that the rules and regulations for safe wiring are not generally understood, make cheap bids and do very poor work, knowing that close inspection is often impossible after a building is finished, and trusting to get paid before it is put into practical serice. The inevitable result is unequal distributino of light, frequent grounds and crosses, and a heavy bill for repairds, or it may become necessary to re-wire an entire building.####We employ none but thoroughly competent and skilled hands, and guarantee the use of nothing but the very best material, and having had many years experience in all the most advanced lines of this business, we are enabled to make our charges as low as can possibly be held consistent with first-class and reliable work.####Among our recently completed jobs in Chicago, we may refer you to the Rookery, and the Phenix Building, and among other work on hand, we may mention the Auditorium, where we are now putting in, under contract, the largest Isolated Plant in the country, whih will comprise 10 Edison Dynamos, having a total capacity of 10,000 16 c.p. lamps.####We shall be pleased to draw up plans and specifications for you, and to bid on any Electric Lighting work you may wish to have installed.####Yours truly####Burnham & Root, Architects,####The Rookery####Chicago, Ill., Nov. 5th, 1888.####Messrs. Leonard & Izard,####425, The Rookery, City####Dear Sirs:####We are in receipt of yours of Noember 3rd, and take pleasure in recommending you and your work to whoever needs anything in your line. We regard your wiring as the best in the market, and know you to be thoroughly skillful in your business and entirely reliable.####Yours truly, Burnham & Root####Holabird & Roche,####Architects, ####Montauk Block, 115 Monroe Street####Chicago, Ill., November 5th, 1888.####Leonard & Izard.####Gentlemen:####We take pleasure in stating that such contracts as have been awarded you by us, have been promptly and thoroughly executed.####Very truly yoursm####Holabird & Roche####J.L. Silsbee, Architect####52 and 53 Lakeside Building.####Chicago, Ill., November 5th, 1888.####Messrs. Leonard & Izard, city####Gentlemen:####It gives me pleasure to be able to state that the different jobs of electrical work that you have done for me and my clients have been exceedingly satisfactory in all particulars.####Yours very truly, ####J.L. Silsbee.####Office of Alder & Sullivan, Architects####Room 56 Borden Block, Chicago. Nov. 5th, 1888.####Dear Sir:####I write this to introduce to your favorable notice Messrs. Leonard & Izard, who have been for a number of years the Chicago representatives of the Edison Light. They have done almost all of the electric lighting that has been let from this office, and also some of the best work done in this city from the offices of other architects.####As far as my observation and experience have extended, they have shown themselves thorough and reliable in their calculations, their designs, and in the execution of their work; always desirious of accomplishing the best possible results, and never cranky or uncontrollable, and possessed of abundant means to carry out all their contracts. I think, therefore, that you are to be congratulated upon their intention to establish themselves in your City, and I bespeak for them from you all the courtesy and consideration that you can possibly show them.####Very truly yours,####D.ADLER####[name mentions: William J hammer, Leonard & Izard, Samuel Insull, Francis R Upton, D. Adler, Edison Light, Adler & Sullivan, Architects, Holabird & Roach, J.L Silisbee, Burnham & Root, Phenix Building, Chicago, Howard Leonard, Edison Lamp Co.]

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Date

1889-01-02

Decade

1880-1889

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D8939AAA

Folder Set

D8939

Title

[D8939AAA], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Samuel Insull, January 2nd, 1889

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126:475

Publisher

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