[LB020158A], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Deutsche Edison Gesellschaft, March 9th, 1885


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[LB020158A], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Deutsche Edison Gesellschaft, March 9th, 1885

Editor's Notes

"We duly received your favor of Feb. 14th., and since its receipt have carefully examined the letters addressed to you bythe Electric tube Co. with relation to your request for information as to underground conductors. You seem to be under an entirely erroneous impression with reference to this matter. The material which the Electric Tube Co. proposes to supply to you and the explanations which they propose to give you are absolutely their property. They have no desire whatever to supply the information and simply offer to do so as a personal favor to myself owing to my connection with them. The mere fact that they are making underground connectors for the Edison Electric light Co. in this country, is by no means an evidence that their details and processes of manufacture are mine. In fact the Tube Co. have themselves expanded the necessary money and employed the necessary talent to bring their work to its present state of perfection. When requesting them to supply you with information, they informed me that they would do so providing you would be willing to pay them an amount which would cover them for the expense of getting up such information. In the figures which they named to you, they included metallic patters which are practically tools in their business and which you can take direct to a foundy and obtain castings from them at once. I thought that if they estimated on supplying these matters [interlined above] they would be doing me a favor as of necessity a great saving of time is effected thereby. I would impress upon you that I am perfectly willing and anxious to faciliatate your affaries in every possible manner, but it cannot be expected of me that I should provide you with explanations and material which is absolutely the property of some one else nd with the getting up of which I have had nothing to do. I think from your letter of Feb. 14th. that you must have an entire misunderstanding of the matter. When I got from the Electric Tube Co. their promise that they would supply you with all the information you asked for, I considered that I had done you a considerable service and I fail to see how my contract obligations to you can be brought into the matter any more than if you were to ask me to supply you with details of underground conductors manufactured by Messrs Siemens & Halske or any other concern. Trusting that this explanation will prove satisfactory, and assuring you of my desire to do all I can to help you, I remain," Maringalia: "Please return to S. Insull"




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