[LB012323], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Edison Electric Light Co, Sherburne Blake Eaton, May 15th, 1882


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[LB012323], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Edison Electric Light Co, Sherburne Blake Eaton, May 15th, 1882

Editor's Notes

Referring to your request as to what my opinion is as to the course to be adopted by the Light Co in relation to the so called Goebel Lamp I beg to state that I think the Company should pursue the same policy in this case as they have in previous ones. If we were to buy up Goebel it would simply be an invitation to dozens of others to come forward with their [fraudulent] claims and make similar demands on our Treasury. That Goebels claims are altogether without foundation there cannot be the slightest doubt but it would be as well to have the matter looked into in order to prepare for any attack that may be made upon us from that quarter. The Maxim Coy. the American Coy, [Freeman] & Goebel all belong to the same class & doubtless many others will [follow] but simply because they make claims upon us is no reason why we should pay them for something that they have not got but that we most certainly have.##As to the [Panne] Battery I do not think we should have anything to do with it as Panne has nothing valuable to us for General Distribution purposes. Panne's Battery is nothing but an improvement on Plante's invention which is open to everyone to use. At an initial cost of not more than $5.00 per Battery the Plante Battery can be made quite equal to that of Pannes & if we even want to use a Secondary Battery this extra cost would be but little as compared with what Pannes people will require for his invention on which up to the present I hardly think any patent has been granted in this country.




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