[LB028063], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Everett Frazar, February 1st, 1889


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[LB028063], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Everett Frazar, February 1st, 1889

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I enclose copy of another letter to the German Company, relative to their interference with our China and Japan Electric Lighting business. I have not been able to find the original agreements which you have mentioned, and I am of the opinion that we would not serve our best interests by a reference to them. The first contract covering Germany was made with a French Syndicate, which attempted to do business in German and maintain control of the old Deutsche Edison Gesellschaft. Owing to the inherent dislike which these two people bear for each other the plan proved inoperative and resulted in the French Company sacrificing its interest in Germany simply to avoid dealing with men whom they looked upon as their natural enemies. Since that time the Edison Eleectric Lighting-interests in Germany have passed through a number of different stages, and it would be a difficult, if not fruitless task, to attempt to sift their various contracts in an effort to ascertain their present lega status with respect of their obligations to mr. Edison.##I think we can accomplish more by basing our demands upon a high moral principle which it is impossible to dispute, and which I do not believe they will ignore.##If our object is not in this way accomplished, there is another channel through which we can reach them, but it is not open to us until our present efforts prove unsuccessful.##I will call to see you to-morrow at 12:30, as arranged today by telephone.





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