[D8805AEW], Letter from Clement Studebaker to Thomas Alva Edison, July 23rd, 1888


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[D8805AEW], Letter from Clement Studebaker to Thomas Alva Edison, July 23rd, 1888

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"When I was in New York in May, after visiting you, I requested Miss Jennie Miller to place an order with you for a phonograph. I have not heard anything from it since, and do not know whether she gave you my commission. I write to say that I would [unclear] very much. I presume that you notice that the papers are saying very complimentary things about this invention, and some amusing things with reference to the uses that can be made of it. It has occurred to me since the opening of this campaign, that it would be a fine thing for you to manufacture an automatic public speaker-have one of your phonographs take make speeches for the political candidates. I think it would be an attractive feature of the campaign. It seems to me that you could do this, as I noticed that you were making talking dolls. If you manufacture a 'man' of this kind, I will be glad to buy him. It would make a good substitute for a man who cannot make a public speech. ### Mrs. Studebaker and I enjoyed our visit at your home and laboratory very much, and shall always remember it with great pleasure. We hope we may have the pleasure of entertaining yourself and family at our home sometime. I learn since we left New York that you have had an addition to your family. I hope that Mrs. Edison and the baby are well. A part of our family are at Chautaugua, and others will go tomorrow night, leaving Mrs. Studebaker and myself alone at home. Mrs. Studebaker joins me in kind regards to yourself and wife. Very truly yours, "Clem. Studebaker [Marginalia: "Say [unclear] new factory etc. thank him about family matters Say wife + baby gone to Chataugua etc. E."]




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