[LB012363], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Sherburne Blake Eaton, May 22nd, 1882


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[LB012363], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Sherburne Blake Eaton, May 22nd, 1882

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I will send to Painter for a copy of Bankers report.##Enclosed please find letter from American Light Co. I do not think we should sell lamps to these people or any other Company I would however continue to sell small quantities to Professors & others##I have not seen the Papers as to what Weston is doing.##Memo of 20th to hand [this] Otto Moses. Of course when our Central Station Plant is running a great many parties will want to have arc lights in front of their buildings which they can have by connecting an arc light accross our mains the electricity being recorded on the meters. Of course we should encourage anything that will help us sell current If Dr. Moses can present drawings of an Arc light which I think will work it might be well to authorize the making of one at the expense of the Company the arrangement being made for us to have the sole use of of such a lamp in case of its being perfectly satisfactory if we desire, the company allowing Dr Moses to get customers for the lamp they to take current from us they either purchasing or renting the lamp from Dr M. but the company should dictate what price he should charge & divide profits with him on some such arrangement. Profit meaning profit on the sale or rental of the lamp alone & not on the sale of current. The expense of the experiment would be very small because I would not approve of any lamp being made that I was not fully satisfied would work & free from all present patent claims##[Bccts. I think his idea should be carried out & not recognize that the maxim company has sold anything that would entitle it to be called a commercial transaction##Copper we can get all the pure lake copper we want at moderate prices & I think we have a little too much to do to go into the copper business##[Ionis] I have heard a good deal of C. E. Jones & Bros. they may be all right but I believe they are pretty small people but I cannot say positively##Faure. I should say that we care nothing about the Paure Battery & that the Gramme Coy can do as they please in that respect.##Do you know whether Ladd has reserved full accounts of the American Coys Boston [fiasco].##I received two or three copies of Geo Howards article. It is very nice. I return yours herewith.##I have not seen the interview in the Post.##I think Kruesi should be encouraged to go ahead and redesign the Boxes &c &c so as to save investment. We have told him that undoubtedly it would be all right and that the Coy will pay for it especially as Kruesi does not charge for his brain power.##I have not decided what to do with Russel. I do not want him here. If he would only keep sober he would prove a good man##I was glad to read your account of your Washington trip. It would seem as if we shall come out all right




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