[D8714AAW], Letter from John Edison (Cousin) to Thomas Alva Edison, October 23rd, 1887


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[D8714AAW], Letter from John Edison (Cousin) to Thomas Alva Edison, October 23rd, 1887

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Saw a letter of Sept. 28, 1887, which you wrote to the pastor Henry C. Mabie of the First Baptist Church of St. Paul discussing my finances and health; I've been sick for almost five years and spent all my money on doctors; have a very peculiar trouble--an incurable aneurism on the aorta; may live one to five years still if I'm careful but cannot work; doctors say I could die anytime, but only God knows; you must think it strange that I'm asking you for help, but I heard how wealthy you were and thought you might try to help me a little, though I only saw you once when you were at Fort Gratiot; I was clerking for the Edison boys then and was a boy myself so you likely don't remember me; "I am very well known by your father . . . who lives at Fort Gratiot and your Brother Pit [sic] as we use to call him who lived in Port Huron. I also saw your sister Mrs. Page I think her name was although I cannot remember it was so long ago . . . I am by blood relation second cousin my grand Father was a Brother to your Father Harry Edison was his name he lived near Vienna Ontario but is dead now."###I wish you would ask your family doctor about my condition; aneurism is located in the abdomen "just above the fork when it divides and runs down the limbs; perhaps he could give relief or a cure; "I think you have better doctors there than we do here"; If you doubt my relationship, I refer you to Rev. Mabie to whom you can send whatever help you decide to.###"My wife has ruined her health taking care of me and that makes us more dependent on charity."; My wife and I would like to take charge of your Florida home, if I were able; change of climate might help me. [TAE Marg.: "Johnny Draw check for $50.00 E"] [See D8714AAX]




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