[MU036], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Elijah Wood Upton, November 22nd, 1879


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[MU036], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Elijah Wood Upton, November 22nd, 1879

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The Electric Light is slowly advancing from the last big step. We now know we have something and that is what we have not known until last week. We can compete with gas in a great many ways now though not as completely as we wish, the there seems to be nothing to prevent out getting a perfect burner that sahll do as well as gas. Time and cost will prove what we have to be good or bad. Lizzie is getting on somewhat better with her Swedes and thinks she will give them a longer trial rather than to have the bother of new help. They do the work during the week, though they are very slow in getting about. I am busy now preparing an article on the Elctric Light for Scribner's Monthly to come out in Feb. number. I hope it will bring me $50 or $60 and some fame. You see my work has been very closely connected with Edison's and if the electric light succeds in all that we hope of it, it will bring me a good name. If it after careful trial proves much cheaper than gas it will probably bring me a large salary. Dollars and cents are now the question, we have a light what we want to know is how much will it cost, and that is hard to decide.
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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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