[D0231AAD], Letter from Eugene Howard Lewis to Thomas Alva Edison, April 28th, 1902


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[D0231AAD], Letter from Eugene Howard Lewis to Thomas Alva Edison, April 28th, 1902




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


Letterhead of Law Offices Eaton & Lewis
44 Broad Street
(Edison Building)
April 28, 1902.
Thomas A. Edison, Esq.,
Orange, New Jersey.
My Dear Edison:
Re Wireless Telegraphy. I suppose you have seen something in the newspapers about Fessenden's experiments in wireless telegraphy down at Roanoke, under the auspices of the Weather Bureau of our Government. In one of the papers it is stated that this Fessenden used to work for you. I believe his name is Professor R. A. Fessenden, and he claims to have a receiver that is entirely different to, and far better than, the coherers of the Marconi type.
Do you know anything about this man or his work? The published reports as it seems to me, may have some effect on the attempts that I shall make to sell your patent, and for that reason I thought I would like to know your offhand views about Fessenden's work. In order that you may see the whole thing, if you have not already seen it, I send you a clipping from yesterday's Journal.
I propose at the very earliest moment, to bring up the question of your patent, the subject of which has already been broached to me by the Marconi people.
<Answered May 5 _ 1902>

<Fessenden worked for 3 yrs for me years ago>
<He is a good Experimenter _>
[TAE Marginalia]
<Tom Edison Jr worked with Fessenden>
[TAE Marginalia] Did I or did I not understand you to say, when I saw you in Orange, that you had reason to believe that some man was coming over here from England, within a certain period of time, which you mentioned, to buy the patent from you? You either said something of that sort, or I dressed it on the night following my interview with you.
Yours truly,
Eugene V. Lewis.
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