[LB033319], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Edison General Electric Co, Jacob Hobart Herrick, October 30th, 1889

Item

Abstract

[SELECTABLE] [AC/DC] In reference to the attached correspondence relative to the alternating system of Mr. Elmer A. Sperry, my opinion is that what the Edison General Electric Company requires, is an alternating system which will follow as closely as possible the model of the Westinghouse system. The policy of our Company is to offer to the public alternating apparatus so like the Westinghouse in every respect that they cannot deceive the public by referring to the points of difference in our system as weaknesses and the basis and cause of our condemnation of that method of electric lighting. In other words, if our apparatus differs materially from the Westinghouse, it will simply mean competition between two alternating systems; whereas if we offer practically the same system as the Westinghouse people, our condemnation of our own apparatus would carry with it condemnation of theirs, [for] we are of course, agreed that the Edison Company has no desire, and no intention of actually selling alternating apparatus for electric lighting if they can possibly avoid it. Very truly yours, [signed] TAE

Date

1889-10-30

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

LB033319

Folder Set

LB033

Title

[LB033319], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Edison General Electric Co, Jacob Hobart Herrick, October 30th, 1889

Microfilm ID

139:825

Publisher

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