[D8940ABI], Letter from William Preston Hix to Thomas Alva Edison, June 24th, 1889


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[D8940ABI], Letter from William Preston Hix to Thomas Alva Edison, June 24th, 1889

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[from Milwaukee] I saw an Alderman to day about franchises and he began to laugh at me. He told me that the Edison Co had obtained two franchises from the City and forfeited them both. The last one the City made them give a bond and they got -out of paying the bond in some way. He said if you apply for franchises the -council will not grant them unless you show a certified check that your Capital is in one of our banks, as they have no faith in the Edison Co. Now this is a hell of a state of things. ## When I told some of the people here that we would give 20 lamps so to the H.P they thought I lied like a gas meter. I wish you would telegraph this to me as soon as you get this letter care of this hotel as they will believe you. ## The Westinghouse Co has a company formed here of $400,000 capital and they have good men in it. Their application for franchises comes up at the meeting of council next Monday. I shall try to kill it, but we have such a bad name here that I am afraid we will not succeed. This is some more of Mr McClements beautiful management as he & Churchhill worked at this last. ## I am now trying to make a combination with the Thompson & H[ouston] Arc Co here they have a good plant and franchises overhead and underground. They want a combination to fight Westinghouse who has combined with the Western Electric Arc Co.






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