[D8805AGW], Letter from English (George L.) & Co to Thomas Alva Edison, October 1st, 1888


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[Philadelphia] "Mr. Geo. F. Kunz informs us of his recent visit to you in relation to his Mineral Collection (which he has placed in our hands for sale) and has requested us to communicate with you further in reference to it. ### It is scarcely necessary that we allude to the advantages of purchasing a collection which has been gathered together through discriminating as Mr. Kunz. The collection is especially rich in fine and showy museum specimens of which there are, in open cases, no less than 250, many of them being the finest of their kind in existence. We are familiar with nearly all the large collections in the United States, as welll as not a few of the European collections and we do not hesitate to state that, to our knowledge, there is not a finer collection for sale at the present time. The collection is also singularly complete in suites of the most desirable species, among which we would make special mention of the following- ### Quartz (14 drawers, about 600 specimens-singularly strong in Phantoms, Inclusions, Modifications, Hollow Quartz, Agates, Agatized Wood, Moss Agates, &c.); Galenita, Sphalerite; Marcasite; Crocidolits, (the finest collection in the country) Phyrites; Corundum Turquois; Rhodochrosite; Garnet; Tourmaline; Phenacite; the Zeolites; the Gem Minerals (such as Topaz, Emerald, Beryl and Alexandrite). ### The entire Mineral Collection is held at $8000. If, as suggested by Mr. Kunz, you desire to purchase only a portion of it (say 6500's [?] worth), we shall be pleased to make the selection of this material for you without charge, or give whatever aid we may be able to render to any one whom you may select to do the work." ### It is but rarely that so fine a collection can be secured, and we, therefore feel fortunate in being privileged to offer it to you. If arranged in neat upright cases it would occupy but a comparatively small space in your library and would add greatly to study. Should you desire to economize space, portions of the collection could be systematically arranged in drawers below the open cases. ### Mr. Kunz will be pleased to make an appointment with you to see the collection some evening this week, if agreeable to you. If you desire any additional information previously, it will afford us pleasure to communicate with you further. ### We do not wish to urge too strongly your early decision, but as it is the season most favorable for a sale to an educational institution (Many of which we have already approached), we may be pardoned for mentioning this fact." Very respectfully yours, Geo. L. English + Co.








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[D8805AGW], Letter from English (George L.) & Co to Thomas Alva Edison, October 1st, 1888

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