[D8601B], Letter from Charles E Stagg to Thomas Alva Edison, March 26th, 1886


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I have been in the W.U. Co's service nearly 20 years, but at present am employed by the NY State Ass'd Press to copy the day report for the Gazette, which averages[?] 9000 words per day. For some years my hearing has been failing me, and the rapid manner in which the report is sent makes the rattle of the sounder somewhat of a 'jumble' at times, and makes a severe strain upon my nerves in order to catch its pulsations correctly. I find that by placing one end of a stick against the screw nearest the armature of the relay, and the other end of the stick between my teeth, and then 'cut out' the sounder, that I can easily read direct from the relay, the pulsations of the armature being very distinct. But being compelled to hold my head in one position all the time to [----] from the relay in this manner, is very tiresome and painful. Have you anything among your many inventions that will be of use to me, something lightweight that could be worn over each ear, to connect with the relay, or sounder, that will transmit the sound of either relay or sounder to the ear and allow the free movement of my head in any direction? My defective hearing bars me from engaging in other business, and as my family are dependent upon my labor for support, I must continue at telegraphing. Can you help me any? [Marg.: illegible shorthand]








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[D8601B], Letter from Charles E Stagg to Thomas Alva Edison, March 26th, 1886

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

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