[LB013012], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Edward Hibberd Johnson, March 5th, 1883


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[LB013012], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Edward Hibberd Johnson, March 5th, 1883

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Your letter of 16th Feby came duly to hand.##From what you state I very much dispair of any great good being done by your visit to England. From your letter and from letters from White to Lowrey I judge that our London Friends think they can get on better without us If so the best thing is to let them do so and to give our attention to the "western Empire" alone. I think you had better do the best you can to get through by the end of this month and then come right back here as there is plenty to do and few to do it.##Just now we are doing all we can to rush the Village business. There is immediate money and plenty of it in the business and I propose getting up some big Syndicates in order to boom the business, and by this means provide work for our shops##I am more than ever convinced however that if the business is to be made a success it must be by our personal efforts and not by depending upon the officials of our Companies. For that reason I think you should hurry back as we want your assistance. We know there is plenty of money to be made in our business in this Country and that here we can get things done just as we say, and I therefore think it is best to concentrate our efforts on an American certainty rather than an English possibility##Besides the light there is the matter that you were working on before you went away and the Stock Printers, both of which will be ready shortly.##It was unfortunate that Hopkinson should have got ahead of me on the new Conductors. We are however "solid" so far as this country is concerned. My patent will be out in a few days. I can go away behind Hopkinsons first English date so there is no fear of his beating me on interference if one should at any time be desired##PS [art] [illegible] {annote with MBLB4470 & LB015423}








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

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