[D8546ZBN], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Thomas Alva Edison, October 23rd, 1885

Item

Abstract

[LETTERHEAD: The Great North Western Telegraph Co. of Canada] Believe the source of the interference is from nearby morse lines, not induction; solved problem by placing condensers around the morse lines; condensers will have to be installed in Toronto and Montreal where the main batteries are; will advise of result; cutting the line at Port Hope did not improve interference, which confirms that source of trouble was morse lines. "I don’t know whether to congratulate myself upon having made this discovery tonight or to curse my stupidity for not having found it earlier--at first I was rather inclined to do the former but now I feel a sense of disgust which promises to end in my calling myself a brainless jackass and offering you an apology"; a very quotable letter.

Date

1885-10-23

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

D8546ZBN

Folder Set

D8546

Title

[D8546ZBN], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Thomas Alva Edison, October 23rd, 1885

Microfilm ID

78:663

Publisher

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