[LB015406], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Charles Batchelor, March 5th, 1883

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I beg to confirm cables as follows To you March 3. "Impossible spare man" Edison##To you March 3 If ordered large quantities forty cents lowest recent improved life insurance cost poor policy start factory on in year or so very much charges here Edison##Bailey has cabled Eaton to endeavor to persuade me to send Upton to Europe for three months. I suppose he wants him to start the German Lamp Factory I suppose Bailey thinks our Lamp Factory business can take care of itself in this country or else he would not make such a request.##I cannot quote lower than 40 cents for lamps. For the past Six months our lamps have cost us 48 cents & are now costing us just about 40 cents. Of course we shall get them down cheaper in course of time I think your people make a great mistake in starting so many factories You cannot expect them to have that skill in lamp manufacture that our experience has given us here; given as much as our own people get away off here & make bad lamps sometimes & for reasons that we know nothing about; surely the same trouble will occur in Germany.##Furthermore if the lamp is to be made cheap it should be made in large quantities & in order to do this the less the number of factories the better

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Date

1883-03-05

Decade

1880-1889

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Identifier

LB015406

Folder Set

LB015

Title

[LB015406], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Charles Batchelor, March 5th, 1883

Microfilm ID

82:197

Publisher

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

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