[D8534L], Letter from Bernard A Collins to Thomas Alva Edison, June 2nd, 1885


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[D8534L], Letter from Bernard A Collins to Thomas Alva Edison, June 2nd, 1885

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[from London] I re-introduce myself as the brother of Jerome J. Collins who was lost on the Jeannette--I am sure you will remember the "Herald reporter" to whom you were so kind when he visited Menlo Park. ##"I am over here now grinding out American weather for the Britishers, and have come to stay as I find both the weather and its price per 'stick full' (typographically speaking) far more congenial than plodding along on the Herald, where for me, at least, there was a spectre in the closet." ##A friend of mine has a large jewelry store in my native city (Cork) and desires to light it by electricity. He wants an illuminating power of or equal to about 40 gas jets. ##The City of Cork is blessed with an extraordinary water power, "so much so that without the aid of engines a stream can be thrown from the street hydrants over buildings as high as any in NY." [Explains how they accomplish that.] ##My friend's building is 6 stories high, and I have an idea that by having a "stand pipe" erected in the house he could obtain sufficient power, by use of a 12' diameter overshot wheel, to run a dynamo for the light. ##Will you let me know what you think of this? What size dynamo? Would a turbine be better than overshot? ##[Remainder marked "Private"]: I am organizing a Co for the purpose of lighting the city and obtaining the motive power from the river which runs winter and summer about 10 knots (above the navigation line). ##Would you give me a few points as to what power per 100 lights is necessary, etc.? The Swan-Edison lights at the "Inventories" takes the cake. [TAE Marg]: "Sammy, you can give him the points."




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