[MBLB4429], Letter from Charles Batchelor to Sherburne Blake Eaton, January 16th, 1883


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[MBLB4429], Letter from Charles Batchelor to Sherburne Blake Eaton, January 16th, 1883

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Just returned from week in Berlin with Porges & Bailey. Will obtain contract for Isolated business there, with German National Bank and house of Jacob Laudau (Berlin) and Sulzback(?) (Frankfort). General terms: 200,000 marks cash, 1.5% shares, with small royalty on lamps used. Made appointment with Knoop to go over German patents and found to my astonishment that Knoop knows nothing about electricity. "I found that whenever Edison put in an application at the Patent Office Siemens immediately filed an objection to it and without asking my advice at any time Knoop has replied to these objections and simply taken from the office whatever they gave him [----] ignorant of the fact that in some cases the essential principle has been cut ouit." Siemens has 7 or 8 objections outstanding; gave Knoop points re: these. Bailey is making arrangements to have German pat appns put in good shape. Best part of Berlin trip is that we expect to have a contract with Siemens for royalty on all incandescent light plants they make or sell, based on absorbed HP. For a contract had to define a central station plant and an isolated plant. Porges is sore about always having to contact you & TAE through Bailey or Puskas. {annote with MBLB4470A}




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