[LB014121], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Societe Electrique Edison, September 13th, 1882


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[LB014121], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Societe Electrique Edison, September 13th, 1882

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I have your favor of 30th August.##The reason I did not reply to your cable of 1st August was that I could not at the time state with any certainty when I could ship you more big Dynamos. The reason for this was entirely beyond my control. I had made contract for the Delivery to me of Engines which form part of these machines & the Builders of them did not fulfil their contract as to time of Delivery. I felt therefore that it would be impossible for me to name to you the date on which I could ship you machines. I have now made arrangements by which I expect faster deliveries of Engines and shall later on proceed to the manufacture of them in my own shop. The price we now quote is $10500 F.O.B. New York. The engines attached to these machines will be in the future of considerably greater power than those already shipped which will enable you to get a greater number of light out of the machine. This will form a considerable reduction in the cost of same the cash amount I will let you know in the course of a few days when I have tested the first engine. The boxing, handling & carting of this machine to the Dock costs about $300. You will notice in the Bills sent you for those shipped to Genoa & Antwerp that I have not charged you with this although I could have done so under your order for them. I am hoping to be able eventually to deliver these machines in Foreign Ports full of all charges except Customs Duties but my profit now is so very small that I hardly think I shall be able to do this until the demand for these big machines is great enough to warrent me in making a heavy investment in special tools for cheapening manufacture##As to the the Conductors for Munish & Bunn I would point out to you that although Mr Batchelor did telegraph the order in the first place it was entirely altered about two or three weeks later & most of the material - especially the Copper Conductors - had to be put on one side and fresh material ordered. I think instead of your Company complaining at the long delay in shipping (entirely due to the original order being altered) Tube Co have cause to complain as in consequence of your order being changed that have a considerable amount of mdse. on hand which they will have to hold till such time as they can get a customer for it.




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