[LM003160], Letter from Samuel Insull to Edward Hibberd Johnson, June 4th, 1883


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[LM003160], Letter from Samuel Insull to Edward Hibberd Johnson, June 4th, 1883

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[Mrs. Edison family] "Sprague has been here and presented his letter of introduction to Edison. In that letter you refer to various matters in connection with the reorganization of the London Co and Edison thought that he read 'between the lines' that your inclination is to favor an amalgamation with the Swan Co." He is very much opposed to this idea---thinks it would be fatal to future development of English business, would be amalgamation of system of electric lighting with a manufacturer of lamps. TAE asked me to state this. TAE got your brief cable stating you had gotten full control without contest and now await details by letter. I presume and hope you really have full control--"I certainly think it is time that the Arnold White regime was brought to an end." Illuminating Co: Chinnock has been appted Super of 1st District, for business and technical affairs. Think he'll make a great success. TAE agreed to give him big block of stock as soon as station pays 5% on $600,000. Everytyhing about Illuminating biz looks good. Small town plant biz looks good; Sunbury half finished, will start work at Brockton in 2 days, then Lawrence; St. Louis contract nearly ready. Isolated biz looking up; Moore got order for 3000-light plant today. Discusses finances---everyone's short of $--Bergmann the worse off, or at least he howls the loudest. "Sometimes it is very difficult to see where we can raise money but we do it somehow." How are we going to get paid by London? They owe us $4000 now. London Co are the worst payers we have. they just sent order for $2000 in lamps, and I suppose we'll have to pay the Lamp Co and carry that on our books. Please arrange for London to pay like everyone else does. "Why the Hell don't you write us a letter?" Sprague has gone home for a week but when returns will look into dynamos and expect he will cable you that his results with Z are better than Hopkinson's; "This will be news to you I presume. Edison says that he and Sprague figured it out and he (Edison) got more lamps than did Hopkinson." TAE and family went to Menlo today for the summer; think she'll stay therre about a month, TAE staying in City during week and will go out Sat night. Harrington(?) has gone to live in Grammercy Pk house til the family returns. When are you coming home? [




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