[D8603ZAR], Letter from L R Carpenter to Thomas Alva Edison, April 5th, 1886


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[D8603ZAR], Letter from L R Carpenter to Thomas Alva Edison, April 5th, 1886

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We have been here as missionaries for about 2 years, sent here by the Board of Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church in NY. We have a son now 18 years old who has for two or three years been making electrical apparatuses and has become so interested in experiments that all his time out of regular farm work, district school studies, and the CLSC studies he spends making something to do something in electricity. He writes to us every [week?] and frequently says, I have made a new discovery in electricity, have just completed an apparatus for the Presbyterian preacher, have been repairing and putting in order an apparatus for a neighbor, etc. ##I am very ignorant in the line and cannot judge if it would be well to have him continue in it, therefore please give us your advice. He is a student if there ever was one. He is a Christian. Has a heart full of love to God. ##We are without means to give him the education we desire so to do. He is and has been alone, taking care of himself on our homestead ever since we came here. [TAE Marg.]: "I never went to school. Let him keep at experimenting. If there is anything in him, he will come to the top."




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