[LB016261], Letter from Samuel Insull to George S Ladd, May 7th, 1883


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[LB016261], Letter from Samuel Insull to George S Ladd, May 7th, 1883

Editor's Notes

Referring to your esteemed favor of the 19th. of April in reference to electric traction, I beg to state that Mr. Edison has no patent for such an invention as you refer to. Mr. Edison informs me that what you describe would he thinks be impracticable if applied to electric rail roads. I may mention for your information that Mr. Edison and Mr. Field have combined their railroad interests for this country. So far as I can understand from our patent lawyer I think that you have a clear field in connection with the device that you propose patenting.##I have the pleasure to send you by same mail and under separate cover copy of estimates for the installation of a small town plant at Brockton, Mass. The conductors in this estimate are for underground work which of necessity adds materially to the cost of the plant. The estimate for 1600 lights is very high because a great deal of the material in it is put in at exactly the same price as the 34800 light estimate. I fancy that our Brockton people will put in a plant for 3200 and increase later on up to 4800. On Friday night we closed a contract for the erection of the Shamokin plant on the basis of the estimate which has already been sent you. The prospects for the small town plant business look very favorable here in the East. I think in the coal and iron regions of Pennsylvania alone we shall get over a dozen plants installed this season, and we also expect by and by a large business in this work in New England and Ohio. Our isolated business to will be very large indeed during the coming season. In fact we look forward to getting a boom in Edison electric lighting. Our central station continues to work splendidly and our lights are given very great satisfaction indeed. Our men are engaged now in connecting up new lights in our First District so that in a few months we look forward to having at least 10,000 lights on circuit.##With kind regards, believe me,







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