[D8514ZAG], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Theodore Westwood Miller, John Vincent Miller, December 24th, 1885

Item

Abstract

[ALS in TAE's nice hand: 4 pages, 3 of them technical about care and use of shocking coil and battery, but HIGHLY SELECTABLE] "I send you by express today an electric shocking coil which one of the boys in the Laboratory made from old material.....The wheel should be turned about 200 times per minute for a black cat and 199 1/2 for a cat with a sanguine temperment. Also sent battery cell; describes its use & care at considerable length. " This coil is VERY POWERFUL. I tried it on a Dutch carpenter today and it knocked him down instantly but didn't hurt him. This was when the rod was in the coil with 2 cells of battery, so there is no danger from one cell. It will shock 25 persons joining hands, and make a cat knock off the platina. I send you on the 22nd a Telescope which [burn spot] the rings of Saturn etc...." Also having Bunnell & co send a telegraph outfit for you to set up in the house. ***"Hoping you will have a merry christmas and not watch me and Mina so closely when I come again I am with the most distinguished consideration yours truly T A Edison"***

Date

1885-12-24

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

D8514ZAG

Folder Set

D8514

Title

[D8514ZAG], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Theodore Westwood Miller, John Vincent Miller, December 24th, 1885

Microfilm ID

77:480

Publisher

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