[D8731AAK], Letter from William R Smith to Thomas Alva Edison, August 3rd, 1887


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[D8731AAK], Letter from William R Smith to Thomas Alva Edison, August 3rd, 1887

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"We send you this day by Adams Express some samples of fiber plants. ## Especially do want you to try your patent process on 'Phormium truax' the New Zealand Flax. ## Dr. Mackey an imminent Irish botanist appeared before a committee of this house on commons, dressing from head to foot in material made from this flax, his difficulty in preparing the fiber was to separate the green covering of the leaf from the fiber, this I hope will be over come by your patent I also send some green Ra[---]e and some noted fiber producing Agave and other things correctly named botanically. I am unwell at present and start tomorrow for Bedford Springs or I would discuss more fully the fiber question I think it one of the most important subjects in an economic botanical s[---]. ## There is a good Botanical Gardens in the City of Mexico and my friend Prof. T. G. Richardson of the Medical Department University of La. New Orleans. La. Has travelled as a botanist all through Mexico, and would gladly give your Agent any information he may posses on this subject either personally or by correspondence."




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