[LB017048], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Western Edison Light Co, George Harrison Bliss, June 4th, 1883


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[LB017048], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Western Edison Light Co, George Harrison Bliss, June 4th, 1883

Editor's Notes

I am in receipt of yur favor of the 30th ult. and I am much obliged for the information contained therein.##It is my strong impression that the Electric Rail Road Exhibition will be a failure as the gentlemen who have charg of it do not seem at all anxious to profit by our experience.##I certainly think that you should insist on proper tests being made as to the relative merits of the various incandescent lights. When you are ready we will send Mr Howell of the Lamp Factory with all apparatus; he thoroughly understands testing and my impression is that the Maxim people will be afraid to compete against us.##I think you should do all you possibly can to dwarf the exhibit of the United States Company by putting more lights in than they have. It would be a good thing for you to engage a boy and put him in the Exhibition to watch the Maxim Exhibit and to get a Statement of breakages and extinctions during the whole Exhibition.##The lighting of the Brooklyn Bridge by the United States Company is a hopeless failure. I am having a man take exact record of extinctions there and will send you copy of the results; they seem to be as incompetent to deal with the arc light as they are with incandescent lighting. They are going to take out all their wires, which have been laid down at enormous expense on the bridge, and re wire the whole structure; they keep from eighteen to twenty men on the bridge every night to keep lamps going.##With reference to the Central Station business I am altogether too busy to go to Chicago just now; we have four Central Stations already being erected in different parts of the Country and are negotiating for at least thirteen more. I think that you should come on here and see me about this business. I shall be very glad to take contracts for doing this work and am sure I can do it for less money than your Company can as I have run our organization specially for this Department of our business.##Let me know when you are coming




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