[LM003047A], Letter from Samuel Insull to Edward Hibberd Johnson, February 3rd, 1882


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[LM003047A], Letter from Samuel Insull to Edward Hibberd Johnson, February 3rd, 1882

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Yours of 20th rcd re: english contract, etc. YOur wrong that my opinion re: Arnold White comes from info filtered through Gouraud, just because he & I have same opinon. I formed my opinion when GG2 thought White "the paragon of perfection." Don't think it advisable for TAE to oppose White's appointment. Stand by my report of conversation with Wright and Fabbri about money; don't think Wright would make his comments again, or care to be reminded of them. What I said in reply wasn't 1/10 as strong as TAE had instructed me to say. Re: French proposal, annoying that Fabbri's proposal wasn't put in correct light but this is fault of Fabbri's friends, not TAE. TAE personally hired Dick Dyer to look after patent work; will prepare all cases except for England which will be sent to you. Dyer just completed Digest of TAE's English Patent cases which I send you soon. He will not go thoroughly into Bidwell's last report & your long letters. Expect that TAE's patent matters will now receive much better attention. Bergmann & Co. getting lots of foreign & Isolated orders. Also, with your latest order, I will have given Lamp Co orders for about 9000 lamps. Have lots of snow now, which has entirely stopped laying of NY mains. New electric loco is here will be running in about one week. One mile of the new rwy is completed, another ready for spiking and the remainder is graded. TAE had stamp mill erected behind the MP machine shop for ore milling expts. "The lamp factory claims a great deal of Edison's time now. He has been out here a great deal of late and told me a few minutes ago that he thinks he has struck the radical bug in the lamp." One of your 100cp lamps in photometer room giving beautiful light. "The high resistance special carbon experiments are going on here right along." TAE wants to move lamp factory to Newark by 1 April, says couldn't handle a big order here but could double present capacity in Newark. Man who sold Newark property just offered Upton $5000 more than he paid to sell it back. TAE pleased with our article in Morning Advertizer on fire protection, also pleased with outcome of Edinburgh carbon transmitter trial. Had my first sleigh ride. Closing now at 4am. PS Promised long letter to you from "the old man" but this will have to await completion of Dyer's analysis of Bidwell's report.




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