[D8731AAT], Letter from Arthur Coyle Payne to Thomas Alva Edison, December 24th, 1887


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[D8731AAT], Letter from Arthur Coyle Payne to Thomas Alva Edison, December 24th, 1887

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"With this, send you by express a box of fibre taken from same variety as leaves sent: With it, is a small bunch of fibre from same plant, extracted by native method of scraping the raw leaves & mashing in water. You can fudge whether the boiling in the strong alkalai waters of this coutnry, hurt themor not -- it certainly discolors the fiber. ## Am awaiting money & instructions. Yucatan & Campeche are the only fiber-growing districts that I have not visited. In them, it is said, fiber plants are more rank & luxuriant. If you do not send any special directions, will take steamer from Galvaston to Vera Cruz (Steamers leave 2nd & 16th of each month). & then, either by steamer or horse, according which appears the better, will continue through Yucatan, Campeche Honduras &c. By this route, at least tend days of stage travelling will be saved, & besides, tis much cheaper. ## Telegraphed for today, but hear [-----] all down. Has been surviving along the Rio Grande, offs & one for the part[----] the matter has been very cold & bad. ## Hoping soon to receivedefinite instructions"






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