[LB014442], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Giuseppe Colombo, November 17th, 1882


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[LB014442], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Giuseppe Colombo, November 17th, 1882

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Your letter of 10th October would have been answered before but for the fact that Mr Clarke has been away recuperating his health after the extreme exertion consequent on the experiments at the Central Station##Mr. Clarke says that Mr Paton has kept you fully posted as to the work at the Central Station. Everything there is now running perfectly and we throw machines in and out without any trouble whatever.##The supplies for your work at Milan were pushed forward as rapidly as possible. There was great delay in the first shipment but this was owing to the bad stearmer service to the Mediterranean. Almost all your tubes have now been shipped. The work at Bergmann & Cos is almost finished. The regulation of the field apparatus will go tomorrow.##I enclose you herewith memorandum with curves & calculations from Mr Clarke which will supply you with the information you ask for##I also enclose you the contract for the Boilers. If you have not received them yet please communicate with Babcock & wilcox 107 Hope Street Glasgow Scotland.##I think we will let the Dynamo matter stand just as it is. The Societe Electrique Edison have already taken two more large Dynamos from me. The two machines have attached to them the Armington & Sims Engines which are vastly superior in every way to the Porter-Allen Engines. The former do not require any coupling arrangements to be attached to the Regulator & govern [absolutely] perfect under the most varying conditions The economy of running them will be considerably greater than that of Porter Allen - In fact the Armington Engine is the one thing requisite to make our Central Station complete##We have not had one single stoppage at our Central Station since we started Sept 4th. We have now 142 consumers connected with 3300 lights and we are cutting in about 100 lights per day.##Mr. [Lieb] leaves here for Milan on the Alaska on Tuesday next 21st inst. The terms I have arranged with him are as follows: He is to receive his travelling expenses to & from Milan and while there the amount of his living expenses (not to exceed $1500 per week) and a salary at the rate of $1500.00 per year. If after you have got through with him and he is required anywhere else some fresh arrangement as to remuneration must be made with. It is of course understood that I only lend Mr Lieb & if he should be required for other services after he has got through at Milan my permission must be obtained





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