[LB007543], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Joshua Franklin Bailey, Theodore Puskas, June 20th, 1882


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[LB007543], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Joshua Franklin Bailey, Theodore Puskas, June 20th, 1882

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I beg to confirm cable as follows To you June 5. Better await your arrival settlement contract in favor your demands Will stand big fight to get it.##To Bailey Hotel [America] Telegraph whether German power executed.##To you June [5] Send eight two fifty light [--] within ten days. cable shipping directions ship ten additional [--] [names] now twenty days [same] price] thirteen fifty [--] only [which] [funds] [engine] work big machines conditions.##From you June 9. Send [five] [light] Hamburg order ten additional shipping [authorization] [illegible paragraph]##From you June 12. Contract made strong company immediate introduction your system Holland plant. [Five] [central stations] orders##From you June 17 Contract signed fifteen percentums profits and twenty [contains] royalty [---] Stations quarter profits small plants##From you June 17. Answer Paris what [arts] [can] give two big dynamos additional##To you June 19. Price L. few days Spend [--] nine hundred price E [seventeen] lights hundred eighty five fob Five immediately balance within forty days Shipped four [K'f] Hamburg Thursday four Saturday other ten ready cable directions eight If more wanted cable order now. [--] Zs go Saturday I work only done [extent] advantage nondelivery due nonreceipt payments money [---] profitted hence require advance payments C drawings shipped.##From Continental Edison June 19. Cable price thirty [Z] date shipment Also price [Y] important [furnish] Batchelor drawings C and [the] dimentions [----]##From Electric Edison June 20. Ship four Ks Antwerp two Amsterdam one Genoa one Hamburg ten to Antwerp ten Hamberg ten Genoa have ordered payment nine thousand [Bat's] [-ats] shipment Cs if money necessary advanced##I think the Societe Electrique very unreasonable in refusing advances on the big machines. I have no wish as a manufacturer to make these large machines & [serve] my interest only that of a manufacturer I certainly should refuse to do so. There is [ceane-ly] any profit in doing so - certainly not enough to warrant me in building them & to tie up my own capital while building them is certainly [----] out of the question. Furthermore I can get all the orders it is possible for me to fill on my own terms & it would be as much an [infustice] to my customers as to myself to undertake your work on any other terms. When your order first came in it [state] at the top if a list of orders. I am sorry to say that now it does [not] as I was obliged to push on [----] & [----] orders upon which I got advances as I require them.##As to when I can deliver I cannot at present say it depends on when I can get Engines. All I can say is that the Societe Electrique shall receive perfectly fair tratment & shall get their machines as soon as possible.




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