[MBLB3040], Letter from Charles Batchelor to Thomas Alva Edison, September 18th, 1881


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[MBLB3040], Letter from Charles Batchelor to Thomas Alva Edison, September 18th, 1881

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"As your telegram requested me to try and bring Bailey and Fabbri together I may say I have been at that very thing for a week. At first they would not listen to such a thing at all, but now I think I shall succeed. The proposition which Fabbri had and waspreparing for the company's consideration I was asked my opinion of by them. What they proposed was entirely inadequate for the working of such as thing as this is; after a couple of hours talk they abandoned it altogether and from what Mr Fabbri says I shouold judge he considers it impossible to raise 5,000,000 francs for manufacturing purposes. I showed them that they can not do it for less. They are now at it again. Bailey is pushing ahead and as I told Fabbri the other day if he only had the backing of a house like Drexel Harjes and Co it would be difficult indeed to find his equal here. THey know he is a hard worker but of course they feel that they would not like to be connected with him. However I expect they will eventually come together and I h ope work well as this thing ought now to be settled and be started." Have met Dubois Raymond and you have a friend in him. We give a public demonstration of our system every morning. All the good scientific men want to run their own tests for their publications. Got little machine and am setting it up. Don't fail to send price lists. Have asked Leon's people to put someone in Maxim's & Swan's rooms, as well as our own, to monitor breakages. Cabled you today about getting bids for dynamos. Small Gramme runs 50 half lamps. Large firm wants to run 10,000 lamps on Gramme, etc.




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