[LB009204], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Drexel Morgan & Co, October 18th, 1881


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[LB009204], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Drexel Morgan & Co, October 18th, 1881

Editor's Notes

I have your favour of 17th and in reply beg to state.##1st I think that ultimately we shall have to establish a Factory in England but for the first three or four stations the machinery can be supplied from here at lower cost and much better made than were we to start a Factory in England to do the work right away.##2nd We will supply the lamps for the Isolated Business ("Z" Dynamos) at fifty cents each. When a station is started I will supply them at forty cents each for the purpose of lighting up a District I am certain it would not pay for a long time to come to start a Lamp Factory in England as freight being low and there being no duties it would be impossible to compete with our Lamp Factory here as we have established such a perfect system of manufacture and trained men who are now very skillful and experienced##3rd I will contract to deliver twelve "Z" Dynamos per week for use in England without interfering with my supply to the Electric Light Company in this Country.#4th I will duplicate the [Big] London Dynamo within sixty days of the order being given. We will deliver Station Dynamos at the same price as to the Light Companies here The exact cost cannot be ascertained until we have made more of them.##5th As to the Exhibition at the Crystal Palace it has not yet been definitely decided to remove the Paris Exhibit to London. Mr Fabbri first communicated with me on the subject. I then wrote to Mr Johnson requesting him to consult Mr Fabbri on the subject. I stated to Mr Johnson that in as much as the exhibit of my other inventions would add considerable prestige to the exhibition of the Light I thought that if the exhibition was made Mr Fabbri should provide the funds for the purpose. I have no interest personally in making such an exhibit as is asked for as my inventions, with the [exception] of the Light, are all disposed of for England [My] expenses in connection with preparing the instruments for the exhibit at Paris were very heavy indeed and I had to bear the whole of it myself. I shall be glad to see the exhibition made at the Crystal Palace as I believe it will greatly assist Mr Fabbri in his negotiations in London





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