[LB018142], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Thomas Corwin Mendenhall, July 21st, 1884


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[LB018142], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Thomas Corwin Mendenhall, July 21st, 1884

Editor's Notes

I return you herewith the letter of Mr T. Dan's, of the 27th. May, and also his memorandum with relation to the estimate made by the Brush people for lighting a coal mine belonging to the Japanese Government. I also send you, for your perusal, our estimate and letter of explanation, and papers accompanying same, for the same work. Will you please close the envelope and mail the various papers to Mr. Dau, immedidately you have perused same. I shall also be very much obliged to you if you can so far favor me as to write to Mr. Dau endorsing our estimate. If you will read the Brush Company's estimate, and then read ours and the letter of explanation, you will see that what we have estimated on is really a duplicate plant. I am confident that if we put in what we have estimated on that the Japanese people would be entirely satisfied with our work, and that they would have no reason whatever to complain of the unreliability of their light or anything else in connection with same. You are yourself so familiar with the character of our work throughout this country, as opposed to that of our opponents, that it is entirely unnecessary for me to enlarge on this, but I trust that in writing your friend you will do so. Of course it would have been very improper for us to enter into a [criticism] against the people who [are] [competing] against us, but if you will put a word in for us in this connection, you will [incur] a favor, which some time in the future I will try to reciprocate, when you will be looking around some of our establishments for electrical apparatus.




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