[D8704ACA], Letter from Charles Edward Munroe to Thomas Alva Edison, August 20th, 1887

Item

Abstract

[Letterhead: Torpedo Station, Newport, R.I.] Yours of the 16th received; have tried detonating celluloid both with 35 grains of fulminate and with the fulminate and a gun cotton setter, but celluloid was simply torn in pieces; only succeeded in getting celluloid collars for this purposes; larger, purer masses might detonate but prevailing opinion is is that they don't explode; I wish Hopkins might get some sizeable masses; the chief danger in celluloid manufacture is from gun cotton before it is camphorated and after, when they are fussing [fusing?] it hot.###Have looked up nitrification by electricity and find extensive and illustrated account of experiments in Berthelot's Sur la Force des Matieres Explosives. He succeeded with the Cavendish experiments we were looking for, but no one seems to have tested it commercially; seems worth a try; gives Sprengel's address; thanks TAE for courtesies shown him Tuesday.

Date

1887-08-20

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

D8704ACA

Folder Set

D8704

Title

[D8704ACA], Letter from Charles Edward Munroe to Thomas Alva Edison, August 20th, 1887

Microfilm ID

119:181

Publisher

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