[D8805AHZ], Letter from C W Jenks to Thomas Alva Edison, October 19th, 1888


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[D8805AHZ], Letter from C W Jenks to Thomas Alva Edison, October 19th, 1888

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"Referring to our conversation yesterday I would say, if a proper matter for your consideration, when the drill is perfected, I would like to represent your personall, when it is put upon the market. ### I am personally acquainted with mines and mining engineers in all parts of the mining world. It was owing to the calls made upon me from these sources, that I was led to make the first application to you for a drill, in my communication to you by the hands of my son, last year. ### I have letters upon my desk asking me for such a drill from the four quarters of the globe. ### As to the specimens of Corumdum I left with you yesterday, with the printed matter, I will calll for them in person, the latter part of next week. I traversed the state of North Carolina on foot and horse-back for years. It is a Terra incognita to most of the world, as much so, as the head-quarters of the Amazon. I was over leagues of country, over which the foot of no intelligent white man, save that of the late Prof. Gray of Harvard, had ever trod. ### The mountains are filled with an immense diversity of valuable minerals. ### If you will examine the article in the number of Popular Science Monthly upon Corundum, which I left upon your desk, as also the article in the Scientific American, read by me before the Institute of Technology in Boston, you will see some of the data to which I refer. ### You alluded to the fact that Mr. Kunz of Tiffany & Co. wished you to purchase his collection of minerals. I know quite well, the public and private collections of this country, and of Europe. Mr. K. has the most unique and valuable collection of minerals, for such a locality as your house or laboratory, that I know of. I do not know his terms to you, but I now that I could make a selection from them, as I should be very glad to give $5000 for, had I the money. ### Hoping for the pleasure of a personal interview with you, in which I may be able to give you perhaps some farther information, when I call next week, I am, sir, Yours Truly," C.W. Jenks [Marginalia: "Ore"]





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