[LB028061], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Allgemeine Elektricitats Gesellschaft, January 31st, 1889



"I enclose herewith copy of my letter to you under date 7th November, to which I have as yet received no reply. I am very anxious to hear from you on the subject referred to in this letter, and would ask you, if you have not already done so, to send me an immediate answer, and also to be kind enough to furnish me with copies of any quotations which you may have made for the sale of electric lighting material in China and Japan. The affect of your notion [?] has been most disastrous, resulting in our losing a very large contract in one of the principal cities of China, after my agents had spent a great deal of time and money to secure it. In fact, Messrs. Frazar & Co. were about to close the contract, when information was received by the parties with whom they were negotiating, that Edison Electric Lighting material could be purchased in Germany, and in order to secure competitive bids from my agents and yourselves, the question of awarding the contract was again opened up and finally decided in favor of a rival American Company, who during the earlier period of the transaction had been forced to retire, but whose system is now being installed. Thus have you not only failed to derive any pecuniary benefit from the invasion of my territory, but have been the direct cause of a loss to myself and my agents of both money and prestige. ### While I cannot believe that after the just appeal which I have made to you, you will continue to embarrass me in this manner, I am at a loss to understand your silence, unless it be that you have not received my letter of the 7th of November last, copy of which is attached hereto. ### I trust that you will give this matter your early and earnest attention, and meanwhile, I beg to remain." Yours Very Truly, [signed] TAE









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[LB028061], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Allgemeine Elektricitats Gesellschaft, January 31st, 1889

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