[D8614A], Letter from James Symington to Thomas Alva Edison, January 20th, 1886


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[D8614A], Letter from James Symington to Thomas Alva Edison, January 20th, 1886

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I assure you of the fact that we are in Liverpool and will sail for home in a few days. We have not got absolution from the Pope, as he was sick when we were in Rome. We are therefore not white-washed nor [-----]. But we have seen the noblest of all the Cathedrals of Europe and we have been in museums enough to cheat us out of our senses. We have seen the Pomp[?], the chivalry, and the life of the Middle Ages pass before us till we are cobwebbed and mouldy with the dust of antiquity. Your father has been given a new lease of life by this trip. A tribute was paid to you yesterday. The Mersey Turnpike from Birkenhead to Liverpool under the bed of the Mersey was opened by the Prince of Wales yesterday with great military pomp and pageantry. The Mayor of Liverpool, being notified by somebody that yoru father was at Browns Hotel, sent him a card of invitation to join the Prince as one of the Select. The old man went and enjoyed himself accordingly, so put that down in your ledger in favor of the Englishmen. If the fishes don't get us, we shall be at your place before long.




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