[LB017045], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Harris and Robinson, June 4th, 1883


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[LB017045], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Harris and Robinson, June 4th, 1883

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I am in receipt of your letter of the 1st inst. No canvas has ever been made of Bridgeport and I do not remember ever giving any estimate; I may have given some idea as to what it would cost to put the plant in there.##I shall be very glad to receive from you whenever you get an opportunity to obtain them, letters endorsing our Isolated work. So far as the Brush Storage System is concerned, the Brush people have been going to bring this out for over six months past and each time it is spoken about they say "it will be ready in three weeks." Our information is that the whole thing is a failure although of course it is pretty difficult to judge until their "three weeks" expire.##The various books you have asked for have been sent to Hartford.##With reference to Company at Bridgeport our information is that the charter obtained from the Legislature is controlled in the interests of the local gas company. Mr Doolittle, about whom I wrote to you, informed me of this but says he can get around that charter. I would very much like you to communicate with him and see whetheer you cannot make some working arrangement. Our licenses obtain the lamps at the same price as that paid by the Light Co. viz: 60 [cents] each. Customers have to pay for the wiring of their houses, we making the connection between the mains and house. The lamps last, on an average, six hundred hours but of course the percentage of breakage is also getting governed by the number of lamps used and the hours of burning. In stating the life of a lamp we invariably state considerably under their actual life; or have a number of records where they have lasted for 1000 hours but in order to be safe we state the burning at 600.##I am very glad to receive from you all information you can supply me with and shall be happy to answer any questions you may put to me. We are right out of the various estimates that have been prepared but as soon as we have more copies I will send you full supply.##It is almost impossible for me to send a man down to attend the meeting you refer to, we are so pressed with work here, and I don't know whom we could spare. However inform us as to the date of the meeting and we will see what can be done





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