[D8941AAH], Letter from Allgemeine Elektricitats Gesellschaft to Thomas Alva Edison, February 19th, 1889


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[D8941AAH], Letter from Allgemeine Elektricitats Gesellschaft to Thomas Alva Edison, February 19th, 1889

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[German letter followed by translation] Your letter of January 31st is at hand, and we also received yours of 7th of November. We ask your pardon that we omitted to answer the letter before this. We intended to get some information bearing on the contents of the same, which took us a long time, as the distnace of the countries in question from our country is very great. We now can, after having examined our books and correspondence, notify you that the direct shipments of incandescent lamps to China and Japan have not been done by use, and we remain at present in doubt if the complaints of your agens really refer to our product, which, as we know to our regret, is frequently imitated.##All of the above doe by no means satisfy the question of principle referred to in your letter. You have not taken into consideration the fact that we have during the last year entirely discharged all the duties towards our rightful successors in Europe,--viz., the Compagnie Continentale Edison, Paris, France, at an enormous expenditure, and since we have accomplished this we do not stand any longer in the position, as you describe it, of one of the Edison Companies, confined to a certain territory.##We also do not work exclusively under the Edison patents, acquired in common with the firm of Siemens & Halske, but we own many more, especially such ones which find use in our manufacture of incandescent lamps. The market for our product is the entire world, and we cannot restrict ourselves in the sale of the same any more than do Siemens and Halske and the other manufacturers of incandescent lamps, with all of whom we are in the same position. Nevertheless, we regret that you believe yourself to be injured by us in our enterprises, and we would be very glad if the above conclusions will help to clear up the situation, as we desire nothing as much as to have a friendly and agreeable intercourse with a man for whom we feel the highest respect.




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