[D8942AAB], Letter from John Benjamin Verity to Thomas Alva Edison, July 5th, 1889


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[D8942AAB], Letter from John Benjamin Verity to Thomas Alva Edison, July 5th, 1889

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I was indeed glad to hear from your daughter the other day that you were really coming to England after all.####Your presence will be a wonderful help to those who are trying to push forward the Electric Lighting industry, and will give a great impetus to our Metropolitan Elec: Supply Company.####You will remember when I left America I promised to do my utmost to get one of your three-wire stations laid down by our Company here, and Sir John Pender was very favourable to it. It was therefore a heavy blow to me to hear that Westinghouse has recently purchased from Hopkinson his three-wire patents for this country, as this may prevent our Company having a direct association in this matter with yourself. I look forward, however, to your presence here as a means of clearing the air, and [straightening?] out electric supply matters generally.####Sir John Pender, Sir James Anderson and other leading financial men who have been especially connected with Telegraphy will be very anxious to give you a good reception & welcome to the country, and as soon as you arrive in London, I hope to have the pleasure of calling upon you, from them, with reference to it.####I should be very glad if you could find time to let me know the chip you will be going by, and about how long you and your wife will be staying in London, so that I may speak to Pender about it.####Hoping you will have a pleasant voyage across & trusting that Mrs Edison is quite well.####I am, Yours very sincerely####John B. Verity####P.S. I don’t think Col. Gouraud is looked upon very favourably by many in England just now and I am afraid you may hear some rather hard things said about him.




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