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Edison General File Series 1918. Edison, T. A. (E-18-25)

This folder contains correspondence and other documents concerning Edison's life story, his response to erroneous newspaper reports about him, his opinions regarding a variety of subjects, and numerous other matters. Among the items for 1918 is a letter to Edwin A. Elsbach of the California Society for the Prevention of Blindness in which Edison recalls his unsuccessful experiments in 1878 to develop an ink for the blind and expresses his willingness to "start some more experiments" once the war is over. Also included is correspondence with William J. Boyd about Edison's plan to trade U.S. coal for Cuban sugar; with Edward N. Hurley, chairman of U.S. Shipping Board, concerning suspicious cargo boats at Key West; and with Alfred F. Wagner of Thomas A. Edison, Ltd., in London in regard to an old contract with the Gas Light & Coke Co.

In addition, there are letters pertaining to the use of bacteria for stump removal in logged areas of the Pacific Northwest, a message in support of the International Typographical Union, and correspondence with the New York Police Department in which Edison expresses his desire to go through their Rogues Gallery "to get a line on crooks so that I won't get 'stung' so much." In response to an inquiry as to whether his wife ever became impatient with him for allowing others to take credit for his ideas, Edison responds that "my wife don't scold because so many people act unjustly that it would tire her out." A note from Captain (later Vice Admiral) John H. Dayton, commander of the USS Arizona, regrets his inability to attend a New Year's reception hosted by Edison.

Approximately 15 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected correspondence includes informational inquiries that received routine replies orthat were referred elsewhere; declined requests for Edison's opinions, participation, or assistance in regard to war-related projects; unsolicited letters marked for no answer or for a routine response that Edison was away at sea experimenting for the government; letters of transmittal and acknowledgment; personal correspondence by Edison’s assistant, William H. Meadowcroft; and printed matter sent to Edison such as tickets, invitations, and programs.

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The writer realizes' that ycjui are probably request- . ^

L to settle praotioally every problem that the universe }

produoes, in fact, he has wandered around the outside of your^

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magnifioient plant and tried to imagine some of the wonderful \

and fairy things that happen inside. Also he supposes that you have gotten to the point where the question of the money to be made out of any proposition does not interest you. /rV&f ^ \ j

money point of "View \_.

Whether you consider it from _ _

or from a philanthropic one , we have a problem here in the Pacific Northwest that no one has ever been able to work out, namely, the economical destruction of the stumps left on good land after the removal of our magnifioient forests. We do not need a meohanioal means but we do need some economical working agent that will gradually cause the large fir and oedar stumps, especially the latter, to rot. A period of three to five years would be much cheaper in the long run pro¬ viding the agent was not more expensive than anything we now have.


Your kind attention to this matter and its possible solution will be a wonderful to one of the most produotive parts of our country.

Trusting this letter will reach your personal atten¬ tion, the writer takes the liberty of subscribing himself one of your admirers.

Yours very truly,

very truj.y#

hutionr. to tills end. A chain of drug stores, numbering nearly seven thousand, stands ready to offer $250,000 as an absolute gift for this purpose.

On the other hand, 1 believe that a campaign that has thrift and economy as its basis would be solidified if people having it in cliarge gave their approval to what is in effect a lottory schemo.

The drug store concern had a representative here last week to confer with the Postoffice Department, and were told that the Postoffice would regard it as a lottery, and

January" 1.4,1910.

Hr. U. B. Porluo,

£09 i’irst Avc. So., Seattle, hash.

Boar Sir:-

^our favor of tho 14 th instant to Hr. Be. is on v,as received. Ho lias beenaiay from tho laboratory for sometime past, vorhinp hard for Uncle Sam, but I sent your letter down to h5m and ho has returned it to mo villi .tho following memorandum written thereon:

"'Shore is a cpocif ic bacteria which cause’s wood to rot. if you ash tho Stato arricultural Bureau they may be ablo to furnish it.

Ehis could bo placed in a hole bored perpendicularly in tho stump and covered over properly , and then the rottinn would- start."

1 am transmit tin;: to you in .hr. iid Icon's own words, and trust tho information may sorvo somo useful purpose.

lours very truly.

Assistant to iir. Bdlcon.


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-I have recoivod yoi instant, und under tho eireumsts...™. of proat roprol to mo that I shall you a discournpinp lottor.

i,ir. Kdicon has boon vorlcinr for tho Gi mant for over a year , and boars an o: ficiul rcis Ho iiaL boon oxceodiuply particular in all this do nothing thut could' in any v.ay bo construed ferine or becoming involved in tho rolatioi uulu in various br

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bouuds v.hen I am porfoctly yamilar with his policy. 1 am quite euro fion this explanation that you v. ill road, appreciate my position in tho matter*, and hav. usoloss it v.ould bo to approach hr* iidicon c therefore, return the letter to you.

i this Eubjoct.

Yiit’n irindeet regards to you and yours, I remain, loui s .sincerely.

Assistant to I hr. iidicon.

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IttUcb States dipping SWrli Italjtagtmt

March 18th, 1918

Mr. Thomas Edison,

Key West Florida.

My dear Mr. Edison:

I appreciate very muoh your telegram reporting four large cargo boats are anchored at Key West.

These are Dutch ships and X will tell you about them sometime whan X 309 you.

Renewing my expression of appreciation of your great interest in the we Ilf are of the Shipping Board,

Very Sincerely



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City of New York Police Department

Thomas A. Edison,

t'enlo Park, IT. J.

Pear Sir:

By direction of the police commissioner , I enclose herewith Police line Pass ITo. 107 made out' in your favor .

At your convenience, will you kindly acknowledge receipt of it to the undersigned?


Door ■Sir

I havo ordered badges for the Honorary Com¬ mittee of which you are a neribor. 1 would appreciate you calling at the Hudson Street, entranoo to the First Regiment Armory between seven- thirty and eight o' olook tomorrow night, and ask for me so that I can haiid you your proper badgo.of office.

I an sorry indeed that tis o has been so short. It was impossible to have these badges delivered at such a late hour.

Thanking you, i remain

Very truly ypurs



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Boar Sir:-

Allov: mo to thank you for your favor of tho Uth instant, enclosing. Polic-o Lino Pans l.o 107 in my favor. Please procont my compliment., to li-.- Enright and say to -him that I upprociato . this courtesy.

I viouia. like vory much to have a puss I r.o through the iiogucs Gallery. X wait to got .

oroolco so that I von't get stung so ^


Yours vory truly.







18, 1918

Mr. Thomas A. Edison,

Orange, N. J.

% dear Mr. Edison:

Replying to your communication of the 16th inst. addressed to the Secretary of the Department , I beg to inform you that we shall be pleased to conduct you through the Headquarters Rogues Gallery at any time you do us the honor to call.

We have a choice line of photographs and measurements of many notorious orookB, and I regret exceedingly that we have not yet a complete record of the entire group, especially the smooth and painleBB operators in the upper strata, who sting the hardest.


In the language of a Brother Morse -


Very sincerely yourB

May SO, 19X0.

Mr. Un. Jno. Boyd, Master, M.B. ,

Motor Snip "Mabel frown".

Mobile, Ala. : .

Boar Sir:--' . v

Heferring to f oj nor correspondence on tho cub- -jcct of transporting coal to Cuba and procuring return cargoes of roc sugar and mSilacsos to the Uni tod States,

I would stato that Mr. Edison lia eucecoded in interesting tho United States Government officials in the natter and further details should bo taken up with -then.

It is* sUggcstcthat 'all mattois in regard to tho availabilit;. of ships should bo taken up with Hon. Edward E. Hurley, Chr.yof the Uni tod States Shipping Board , Washington, B. C.

Che matter of procuring roturn curgoos of raw, sugar and molasses it is suggeetou should bo tafcon up with

Mho UnitoO States V.ar ’Mrade Board, bashington, B.C.

Mho International Sugar Committee, Mr. Coo. M. I-.olph, Chairman, 111 ball Stroot, llow York, li.Y.

Mr. U. Y. Morgan, t oprc-crintntivo for tho Uni tod States in Cuba for the Good and fuel Administra¬ tion, Mho liar, Mrade and Shipping Boards, at 403 Manzana do Gomez, Havana, Cuba.-’ ,

' Mr. Edison's solo purpose and intorost in tho natter has boon to get ship ownora int.-roetod mid got this trade ntartod. In this ho has -been successful to some oxtond and his. efforts have boon nado without solfish or monetary intorost personally, but -simply for tho good of ; tho cause. Mho mattor is now in tho hands of tho Govern mont and further information should come from them.

Mho quotation previously given you on the cost of coal at ilobllo,. vis. 06.10 trinnod in vossols, 1’. 0.3. Mobilo, Ala. , was furnished by tho Mobile Coal Co. of Mobile, who can furnish coal_ in largo quantities.

Thank inp you for your inter '.at in the Hattor, I Yours very truly.

Assistant to Mr. liaison.

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Dear Mrs Edison:

Federal Counoil of Churches,,

Clyde P Armitage,Seoretary Washington, D.C.

Dear Sir:— I am informad that the Rev.Stephen J Herben,D.D., Westfield, Hew Jersey,has made application for appointmenlr as Amerioan Hdd Cross ohaplain for immediate servioe in the hospitals of France.

I desire to say that I have known Dr Her hen for the last six years ,and that I have a high regard for his character and servioe as a minister, and believe that he is peculiarly fitted for the particular servioe he desires to render in Franoo for the benefit of our wounded and suffering men. He is a man of pronounoed and undeviating pat riot ism, and ,in my Judgment, would serve the oause of America with efficiency and high oredit if appointed to the position for which* he had made application.

■yery sincerely, 7 , L .7

(Signed) / ^jry/

Of oourse this is merely a suggestion. It may not/4uit the feeling of Hr Edison. He may want to ohange the .Character of the letter. It will be all right if he does. A would pre¬ fer to have him write Just what he himself would like to say.

I know it would be more acceptable than thee Bentenoes that I am suggesting. Hay I ask that the letter be sent to me as soon as it is convenient for Mr Edison to attend to it, for I am especially keen to have all the application matters at¬ tended to at an earl* date. I said that I would be ready to go by July 1st, if that were desired by the people at Washing¬ ton. Sb,you see, time is an element in the transaction.

I will apprsaiate it very much if you can have Mr Edison do this eefvioe for me and for the Cause.

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Ifcy 31,1910

federal Council of Churches, jir. Clydo f. jirinitnro, Secretary, Y.ashinRton, D. C.

Dear Sir:-

1 am informed that tlio i-.ov. Stephon J. ilcrbon, D.D., of" V.cBtfibj d , ilov. Jorsoy, has made application for appointmont uo .ti.no r icon hoi Cross Chaplain for immediate sorvic-o in tho hoapitaln of trance.

I doBiro to say that I have hnownDr. Ilorbon for the last six yoaic, and that 1 have a high repaid for hiB character and servieo as a Uinisfei , and boliovo that ho is peculiarly f if tod for tho paitieulai eorvico ho dosiroa to rondor in franco for tho benofit of our wounded and sufforinp men. :Io is a man of pronounced and undoviatinp patriotism, and, in my judpomont, would sorvo tho eaueo of ^jnoricanwith efficiency and high credit if appointod to the position for which ho has mado applica¬ tion.

Yours very truly,

Hon. Thomas A. Edison,

East Orange, H. J. . ^ Cril*' .

I am enclosing herewith a copy of our mMes^litti^C^''

I am enclosing herewith a copy of our moae8 booklet "Somewhere in France-, which may interest you*tj * /

On June 15, 1918, 4,081 journeymen members of this ^7 union and 656 apprentices were in the army and navy forces of^ the United States and Canada.

Seventy-five of our members have fallen in battle in France or have died in military camps in America.

To the widows, orphans, fathers, mothers or other relatives of these men this International Union has paid mortuary benefits amounting to $22,350.

During the past twelve months this International Union has paid $354,000 to 1500 old age pensioners.

In the same period this union has paid mortuary

to $312,400. ^ ■(* '

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benefits amounting


The total expense for the maintenance and for im¬ provements at the Union Printers Home at Colorado Springs last year was $167,600.

ThiB Union has invested $30,000 in each of the three Liberty Loans $90,000 in all. Our subordinate organizations and individual members have invested more than $3,000,000 in these seourities.

Our strike expenses for the past twelve months were but $1.237.

The gross earnings of our members amounted to more than $71,000,000 for the year for 62,000 members, and the insignificant amount expended for strike purposes refleots our determination to give full patriotic support to the gov¬ ernments under which we live in the terrifio responsibilities which now oonfront us all.

The officers of this International Union are vol¬ unteers in the Army for the Preservation of Industrial Peace for the duration of the war at least, and we will do our level best to give full effeot to the earnest recommendations made by President Wilson in his proclamation creating the National War Labor Board. There should be no strikes or lookouts during

the war.


This International Union neither eolioitB nor aooepts contributions to its benefit fundB. Every dollar expended for these purposes is paid by members of this organisation in the form of regular dues and assessments.

May I request just a few words of good cheer from you to present to the delegates who will attend our annual convention in Scranton, Pa. in August next?

I assure you they will be appreciated greatly.

With best wishes, I am

Yours sincerely,

July 3, 1918.

’ii. Ilarsden G.. Scott, ' . ,

President. International fypographicul Union,

Boston Claypool Building,

IndinapoliB, Indiana.

pear Hr. Scott:.

I havo road your letter v.ith much interest and thank you for sending me 1 ho little bookontitlod

International I’ypogi aphical Union nay v.oll be very prou .

I cousidor your -Union one of the host because J

uso the intellect instead of a club, and I vrant to ontend ny

splendid shotting you have made in .hcoo strenuous i.ar tine..

Yours very truly.




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I.Sr. A. J. Dittonhoofoi , Vanderbilt Hotel,

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Hear Sir:-

Your favor of the 6th instant to Hr. . Edison has boon received, end I regrot to say that it will- not be possible to bring it to his immediate attention. Ho has boon working, day arid night, for the Govornmont on special experi¬ ments, in which work he has boon engaged for over 18 months.

Those experiments huvo -necessitated his frequent absence from the laboratory for varying poi ioda of time. Ho is away at the presont tire, and the only thing I can do in to keep year letter and call his attention to it at tho first favorable opportunity.

Yours very truly

Assistant to Hr. Edison.

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July 13,1910.

Oho Eight Honorable Sir George H. held.

Chairman, Oho British Empire Club, is st. Juno 'a Square.'

London, S. Vi. 1,


Ky dear Sir:-

I have boon away from home quite a 11 trio in connection V; 1th my work for our Government, which will- explain the reason for the delay, in replying to your letter;

lour invitation. to appoint a i opresontative . to bo nroposod by you an a i*. ember of the British Empire Club is greatly approc later, and I bog to name as such roereaontativo Captain a. I1, hapner of the Thomas A. Edison Limited, l'G4 Lardour Street, London, V.eot.

Yours very truly.


Lson expects you to' charge .to him any initiat ;al to your becoming a member of the Club, With kind regards', I remain fours very truly,.

Edison Kinetoscopes

Motion Picture Films

Apr/GA. August 3th 1918.


William H. Meadowcroft Esq.,

Assistant to Mr. Edison,

Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison,


My dear Mr. Meadowcroft,

I am very pleased to see your signature on letter dated 15th July which reminds me of our pleasant meeting in August 1915; that now seems a long while ago and great events have happened in the meantime, but I am hoping to have the pleasure of meeting you again either in London or Orange some¬ time in the future when the War has been brought to a successful termination.

I am sure that with the enormous efforts now being put forward by the United States that happy time is not far distant.

I note your information to the effect that Mr. Edison has written a letter to Sir George H. Reid, proposing me as his representative for membership of the British Empire Club, and, needless to Bay, I shall be only too glad to carry out Mr. Edison's wishes.

I presume that I shall hear further on the subject from Sir George H. Reid or the Club Secretary in due course.

Reciprocating your good wishes, I remain, Yours truly.



The Hew Bbbitt Hotel, 14tli & "F" Street, H.iv. Washington, 3.0. September IV, 1918.

Mr . Thomas A. Edison,

Thomas A. Edison laboratory.

Orange, Hew -Jersey,

My dear Mr. Edison:

The War Department has requested that I get a letter of recommendation from three prominent men with whom I have been conneoted recently, and to whom I could refer as to my character, experience, and qualification in Construction Engineering, and Executive.

If you can consistently write me a letter of recommendation, I will appreciate it very much .

Please address me care of the above V/ashington address, where I expect to be for a few days.

With kindest personal regards for yourself and Mrs. Edison, I remain,

Sincerely yours,

§ a/yyijLLAjC .




Ur. Samuel C. Shaf frier, xhe il oh Ubbitt Ho lei,

14th ana "I?" Streets, ii. i. . ,

V. ashing ton, D. 0.

Dear Ur. Shaffnor :

V.hile I wish you success in That you ero undertaking at present, 1 Mihail have to ask you to G/.euco mo from, writing a letter of recommnnda- tion as you roquest.

As you nay naturally suppose, I have boon asked a great many times for letters of recommenda¬ tion in similar cases, but on account of my official qonnoction with the Government 1 have felt, it was the best 'policy not to givo them. i have carried this policy out strictly, even in regard to many persons who have been very closo to me, and evon to connections of my own family.

Yours very truly.


Ur. Thomas A. Edison, j

Kenlo Park, ]f. J.

Dear Ur. Edison:

The National Dos’d of Earm organizations , which represents some three million organized American farmers, has undertaken, through its Agricultural Reconstruction Committee, to inquire into "the present status of organ¬ ized farmers in the affairs of the nation, and to report what changes should be made in the reconstruction after the war, and how these changes can best be brought about",

I have been asked, as the enclosed letter indicates, to represent the National Hoard in an effort to secure information concerning ouch of the reconstruction plana and purposes of other nations no may interest or affect tile farmers of America. Eo>r this purpose I propose to visit as many of the European countries friendly to our government as may be practicable, I expect to sail about the middle of October, and to be gond six months.

You will, I am sure, be in sympathy with this

undertaking. Therefore I venture to ask whether you would he willing to give me a general letter of intro¬ duction, which would be of special value because of the war. Individual letters to any agricultural or economic exDerts, or public men, especially in England , Prance, Holland, and Switzerland, whom in your judgment I ought to see in order to carry out the objects of my journey, would be highly useful and much appreciated.

I feel tile less hesitation in making this re¬ quest because the purpose of my going is not a personal one and because I believe there is a chance that the results may have public value.

With hearty thanks in advance for anything you may be able to do in this matter, believe me


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October 1,1918.

.Mr. Thomas A. Edison,

West Orange,

Hew Jersey.

Dear iir. Edison:-

Ylhen you were in San Erancisco at the time of the Exposition,! had the plae- ure of visiting you at your hotel within the Exposition Grounds. Upon my inquiry at that time ^ you told me that you had at one time experimerue a with an ink which was to facilitate printing xor the Blind. If I recall correctly you said that tnc ink was of a nature that caused the printing to so


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~ t, volumes in the Braille system for the Blind is 3 O very cosily, awkward and exceedingly oulxy,a

o £ Shakespearean play, for example, requiring several o large volumes.

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3 books to those of our Men who will return fr on

- the War Blinded,! am exceedingly anxious to leu-m

>«. Tj 3 Whether you have ever completed your researches _Li 1 along the lines mentioned and whether^it 18 . V ooesible for me to have access to whatever you

0 have accomplished in the work for tne purpose of

- ^ -o aiding me in my efforts along those lines.

\ \ 5 It is of course unnecessary for me to mention

^ ^ 0 to you the great importance of takingadvantageof

every available means of improvement in the field or l o alleviating the distresses of the Blinded ana I assure you that any assistance you may render in the cause r. will be appreciated mightily.

ij -1 wowing that I may be honored with your invaluable

“2T* Co-operation in the work, and, with oest wishes to you,

I remain

/ " "xlespectfully yours


October 9,1910.

;,;r . jidwin iilsbucli,

3127 Washington street, San Francisco, Cal.

Dear bir:-

I have received your letter of October 1st, in regard to an ini: with which to facilitate printing for tho blind.

I novor completed the experiments in this connection. 1 used* arsenic acid in writing, and this swelled the paper up as high as tho embossing.

For the last twenty-one months i have been very busy on a 6orioB of experiments for the Govern¬ ment and expect that they will keep me busy for the duration of the V.ar, but as soon as tho V.ar is over I would suggest that you call my attention again to the matter. of this ink, and 1 will start some more experiments. I feel convinced that it can bo done satisfactorily.

Yours very truly,

and Yours for tho Fourth Liberty noun,


The War Service Association Manufacturers of Solder and Bearing Metals, inc.



14 r. Thomas A. Edison,/ Orange,

f doar Sir :

Thanif( you atjjx^erely for the information contained in your favor of the 9th, I am transmit¬ ting a copy of your letter to our members and believe it will have an important bearing on fuel conservation.


Send by the Swedish Government to study the development

of the American industry during the last years, especially in the chemical trade, I find that one of the most importnat agents for the evolution <bf the industry is the scientific work, performed by the official and private research-institutions in the U. u.

You would oblige me very much by sending some informati¬ ons about your research-department , about the program during the last years and the specification of researches, testings or analys¬ is, occupying your scientific staff in this time. I suppose, that you have these objects printed in some annual reports?

If you have some snapshots, photos or pictures from

your Laboratories, I should be very pleased to receive some of them for illustrating my reports.

December 6,1918.

Hj. AnderBon-Teach.Esq.

Room 1862, Hotel MoAlpin, How York, H.Y.

Dear Sir:-

Replying to your letter of November 29th, we beg to say that we have no Researoh Department such as is generally implied by that term, nor have wo ever issued any printed matter on that subject. Our laboratories are engaged entirely on development and researoh work connected with our own onternrise only, and naturally wo cannot furnish any information in regard thereto.

Yours very truly,

Edison laboratory.



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December JL3, 1918.

Mr. James K. Parsons,

3 Edmonds Street,

Rochester, B. Y.

Dear Sir:-

I received your letter of December 9th, which was read with a good deal of interest and I want to thank you for the newspaper clipping. In 1871 I experimented with the quadruplex at the office of the Atlantic & Pacific Telegraph Company in the Arcede at Rochester.

I am glad to learn that’ you .and your3 are . well and comfortable, and am glad tc hear from one of the Old- Time Telegraphers.


Yours very truly.


■December 13,1918.

lirg. Frank Thompson,

50 Snowden Street,

. Forty Tort, Penna.

Hr. Edison has read your letter of the 6th instant with much interest and. wishes us to say that his wife does no.t soold because so many people aot unjustly. He says that if she shouaa try to do this she would get tired out.

Yours very truly,

Edison laboratory.

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December 23,1918.

Capt. A. F. Wagner,

o/o Thomas A. Edison, Ltd.,

16S Ward our Street,

London, Wl",

England .

My dear Captain Wagner:

Mr. Edison wishes me to write and ask you if you oan obtain for him a oopy of the original oontraot made by the London Gaslight and Coke Company, whereby a part of any savings that they effected should go towards reducing .the price of gas to the public, and the other part of such savings should go to the Company. This contract was in force many years, and Mr.. Edison would like to know its history, and whether or not it is now in force, also what it accom¬ plished. He says that you can probably get this information from the President or Manager of the Company.

At the time the contract was made, Mr. Edison considered it the most valuable contract ever, made between the public and a company, and he still thinks so.

The London Gaslight & Coke Company publish a' balance sheet. This is probably contained in their Annual Heport. If it is not, Mr. Edison Would like to have a oopy each of their last balance sheit and Annual Heport.

Wishing you the Compliments of the Season, I remain, - ^

Very truly yours.

.Assistant to Mr. Edison.


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