[LM003150], Letter from Samuel Insull to Edward Hibberd Johnson, May 21st, 1883


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[LM003150], Letter from Samuel Insull to Edward Hibberd Johnson, May 21st, 1883

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Don't have much to write as Batch will give you all the latest info; he's taken everything in during his visit here, like costs of installing & running central station (which you requested). Closed three Village contracts for $70,000. Isolated doing little business but Borden promises large orders in summer and fall. Just got order for Providence mill now lit by Brush lights, which Brush people consider their "principal card in New England." Finances: money short all around, especially for Bergmann who's now looking for work outside of electric lighting. Wiring Dept organized; Greenfield et al canvassing for orders. In each of the Villages they will put up poles lines as well as inside wiring. Machines: have started building twenty 450 light machs; will run 848 ten cp lamps like we use in Village system. Some personal stuff about EHJ's house and finances. "You see at last I have a short hand man" [but it's in Insull's hand--huh?] "The Edison are going to close up their house and move to Menlo Park for the summer. Edison himself will stay in town of course and will probably go out there on Saturday night."




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