[MBLB4182], Letter from Charles Batchelor to Thomas Alva Edison, March 28th, 1882


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[MBLB4182], Letter from Charles Batchelor to Thomas Alva Edison, March 28th, 1882

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Someone wants us to install large dynamo for 1000 lights; give me price. Pls send full drawings for 200-light machine. St. Petersburg light still running well. Cabled you yesterday: "Abdomen [?] good he is life of business. Contracts will be sent. Do you want all patents taken in your name." Adds that "there is no doubt that Bailey has done, and is now doing, lal the work of the companies, and the loss of him at present would set this project back at least a year. I do not think he is satisfied, and he feels that this work is not appreciated at home, and I am afraid he will leave it altogether, if he should do so, at present it would be very disasterous. I have great difficulties in the factory with the workmen. They are lazy, slow and very bad workmen indeed of the 35(?) workment hired in the morning sometimes they are all gone before night. This of course takes up a great deal of time and if I lose Bailey's [---] in the other two companies I am sure we shall do nothing for the first year." I perce that European Co is not satisfied with what's being done here. "I do not think the contracts are understood over there as I had a letter from Upton in which he says that all the French Companies are faurds, and he feels compelled to tell his friends who he had persuaded to put money into stock bonds of the Euorpean Co that their stock was essentially worthless. I think Mr Lowrey ought to have explained the thing better than that." What is your *private* opinion of our arrangement in Europe?




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