[D8603ZBC], Letter from Joseph Glenney to Thomas Alva Edison, May 7th, 1886


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[D8603ZBC], Letter from Joseph Glenney to Thomas Alva Edison, May 7th, 1886

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I am building a vessel which I intend for our trade with Rio de Janeiro. I have long thought that I would offer to you the privilege of conferring your name on the craft. Looking upon you as I do as a tip-top specimen of 'American' and being withal a great admirer of anyone who fights his way to the top, I do humbly ask you to accept the offer. The vessel Mr. Edison is a 'beauty' and no mistake, she is of the type known the world over as a 'Baltimore Clipper.' [Gives the dimensions of the boat.] ##She is intended for the Brazilian trade. We send out our Southern-made flour (which seems to suit that climate) and in return bring coffee, necessarily a fast type of vessel is needed, and of this latter I hope this one will form[?] a good example--a sister ship built on the same lines (launched in 1883) has the fastest recorded trip between here and Rio. ##In conclusion, let me say that if you accept the proffered honor, it is customary for the party after whom the vessel is named to present a 'suit of colors' (flags with name, etc.) to the ship. It is an old custom and one which establishes a sort of bond of intrsut in and well wishes for the craft. I should be glad to hear from you ASAP and after I have your acceptance, I shall have the vessel photographed on the [----] and immediately after launching and will send you copies.




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