[LB031314], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Henry Villard, Edison General Electric Co, July 17th, 1889

Item

Abstract

Referring to your verbal request for my opinion as to making a contract with the house of Siemens & Halske, I beg to state that I am in favor of an arrangement being made, whereby, close business relations would be established between the General Company and that firm. I think it would be desirable to obtain from Siemens & Halske a complete plant for the manufacture of underground cables of telegraph, telephone and electric lighting service (except such portions of the plant as can be manufactured in our own establishments to better advantage), on the general basis that the contract allows the General Company to use its own electric tube systems and the factory which they now have in such cases as the technical authorities of our Company may deem necessary. I see no objection to our using the Siemens cable system instead our own, with exception of the reservation above made, and I am confident that the General Company could work up a large profitable outside business in Siemens cables in a comparatively short space of time. Yours very truly, [signed] TAE

Date

1889-07-17

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

LB031314

Folder Set

LB031

Title

[LB031314], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Henry Villard, Edison General Electric Co, July 17th, 1889

Microfilm ID

139:525

Publisher

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