[LB021286], Letter from Samuel Insull to Francis Robbins Upton, February 17th, 1886


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[LB021286], Letter from Samuel Insull to Francis Robbins Upton, February 17th, 1886

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I enclose {a} letter of introduction from Mr. Edison to Mr. Moore for Dyer, {a} letter from myself to Dyer, and two copies of rough translations of {the} French Contract (one for yourself and one for Dyer). Please read what I say to Dyer about the territory of the French companies and then read the first two paragraphs on page 3 of the translation. I showed this to Mr. E and suggested that the Paris Cos. might claim the outside countries "by implication" as the Contract mentions those European countries which are {underlined in original} and those which are not {underlined in original} included in the Contract, and I thought that under those circumstances, they might claim all countries not specified as not {underlined in original} belonging them. I am sure we cannot interfere with the Paris Co. selling lamps in Switzerland. They may not be able to show any authority to do business there, but I do not think that any authority exists by which we can prevent them from doing business if they elect to assume the authority. However, as the Geneva Co. owns whatever goodwill Mr. Edison may possess in Switzerland, it is just possible that they may be able to prevent the French company from using Mr. Edison's name, which is undoubtedly part of the goodwill they possess. I would have written this earlier, but I could not find the translations enclosed till yesterday. ##I wrote to the German Co. asking them for all data as to the Swan suit the other day. At the request of Vail, {I} wrote to them for information as to the Beulin{?} Station about two months ago, but they have not sent the data, although they promised to. ##John{?} Randolph has half a dozen photos of Mr. Edison for you. Tell one of your men to ask him for them the next time you send over. ##I have found English "B" shares ready for delivery whenever you are here.




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