[D8805AES], Letter from Charles Edward Emery to Thomas Alva Edison, July 20th, 1888


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[D8805AES], Letter from Charles Edward Emery to Thomas Alva Edison, July 20th, 1888

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"Prof. Thurston early in the spring told me what your opinion then was about the probability of Mr. Porter's succeeding with his engine. I know you will stick to him as long as there is a possible chance and so have not said a word of discouragement to either he or you but I was able to give him some points as to where the difficulties with cams had been experienced at lower speeds. I write now only to say that if after Mr. Porter gives the thing up from choice or necessity you think he has really designed a good engine mechanically apart from the vlave gear, there are plenty of good valve gears available which can be put right in so as to save the rest of his work and if then on your suggestion he will adopt such one of them as I say which will also have a quick closing you will have an engine which will work all right the only difficulty will be that the general details will not be patentable but as you know in working matters up something will come to the surface inevitably which will be patentable. You will understand I am not 'fishing' for Porter's job. He needs it and I don't. In fact I am fitting up a laboratory to develop some of my own inventions and patterning after you but it seemed to me to be a pity to have the whole of Porter's work go under when if I could get the parties to do as I wanted them to, it need not, by kindly persuasion and suggestion Porter will submit to my dictation using his experience in this special direction with my more cautionary methods of using well tried appatratus the whole matter may yet be put in good shape and I shalll simply wish some common sense recompense out of the outcome." Very sincerely yours, Chas. E. Emery [Marginalia: "Write Emery that Porter has become so cranky from illness that its impossible to make a suggestion to him."]




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