[LB016053], Letter from Samuel Insull to Charles Batchelor, March 29th, 1883


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[LB016053], Letter from Samuel Insull to Charles Batchelor, March 29th, 1883

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I saw Mr A. A. Cowles the other day about the Societe Electrique Edison ordered for ten tons of wire to Antwerp & Hamburg. In conversation he said he would like to make an arrangement with you to make the wire & he has promised to send us up a letter addressed to you which he wishes Edison to transmit to you with his views on the subject at a subsequent interview with Edison. Cowles explained he would probably propose a royalty of three cents per pound & might possibly include not only France but also Belgium. He has not (I believe) patents in any other countries except England. Cowles said he would undertake to keep his price up to a certain point so as to insure you against being undercut, you agreeing to sell at a price not above that charged by the Ansonia Coy, to any companies that might want to use the wire. Edison thinks the plan a good one & I told them I thought you would like to get hold of the business as I remembered some time back you wrote us asking for the process by which the wire is covered##If Cowles claims are as good in France as they are here, they are very broad indeed.





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