[D8939ABH1], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Alfred Ord Tate, April 16th, 1889

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Harrison, N.J., April 16th, 1889,####A.O. Tate, Esq., Private Sectretary,####Laboratory of T.A. Edison,####Orange, N.J.####Dear Sir:--####I showed the memorandum from letter of Mr. Dyer to Mr. Edison, and he made no remarks on same. I think these extracts should be in your files, so send them to you.####Do you know anything about Gourauds relation with Hammer regarding the Phonograph?####Yours truly,####Francis R. Upton####[Enclosure]: [Handwritten: El. Lt-- Italy####A.O. Tate]####You must also understand that I do not feel launching out into new schemes for the development of our european business until I know the policy which the New Co. wish to pursue over here. I feel that we have a future that will assist the manufacturing Companies in handling their out put, but until the New Co got ready for business it is a matter of waiting for their decision to do something in a certain way, or use my judgment and do the best I can, At present I am on splended terms with the factions, even the Berlin Co. acknowledge the force of my argument, and are willing to sell the American Edison lamps, altho', they ahd flatly refused to do so some two months back.####The Italian Co. are now being pressed hard by the "Kholinsky" people who are introducign lamps into Italy, and selling them at 52 cents F.O.B. Milan. The K. people are anxious for the Milan Co. to make a fair test of their lamps, and offer to make lamps of any efficiency 2--2 1/4--2 1/2--3.-- 3 1/2, watts per candle with guaranteed life respectiely of 200--300--500--700-- and 1000 hours. Lamps, of any C.P aboe 8 with these efficiencies, and with any form of terminals. Enterprise of this kind is hard to beat, and if we did not hae a good friend in Milan our lamp trade in that quarter would give me a lot of trouble. The largest customer of the Italian Co. is the Gas Co. at Rome lately they have wanted a 10 C.P. lamp of 3.1 watts per candle but I could not supply better our new 16 C.P. at 10 candles 4.14 watts per candle.####Hope this will satisfy, but if not, the Italian Co. might lose this customer, and it would be a hard blow to them. I am sending you this week 10 C. 3 watt lamps made by "Khortinaky" Swan Factory "Kalk" and Vienna. My business here is fair. I am promised orders from the Paris Lamp Co., after they get rid of the stock of lamps left on their hands by the Cic Continentale Edison 40 or 60 thousand, but as they are mostly 8 C. 45 volt lamps they will soon need some 16 C.P. lamps from my stock.####[name mentions: William J Hammer, Georege Gouraud, A.O. Tate, Thos Edison., F.R. Robbins, Italian Co., Paris Lamp Co., "Khortinaky" Swan Factory, Milan Co., Berlin Co, New Co.]

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Date

1889-04-16

Decade

1880-1889

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D8939ABH1

Folder Set

D8939

Title

[D8939ABH1], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Alfred Ord Tate, April 16th, 1889

Microfilm ID

126:516

Publisher

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