[D8812AAG], Letter from George Parsons Lathrop to Thomas Alva Edison, January 24th, 1888



[Includes marginalia on attached invite: Send checks for acknowl. Send tickets to Lathrop and say I cannot attend and kindly grant each my dinners.] New name mentions: John A. Cockerill, John C. Hennessy, Paul Dana, and C. J. Smith. I have received from your secretary a note, enclosing your card to the dinner of the Press Club on Feb 16-- 'Positively not transferable.' Your secretary misread the card as being for Jan 16 and think it too late. But as matters stand, you musn't be surprised if I walk in at that dinner and surprise you and the public with a speech on electricity. # You would not be surprised; but I shall be a good deal surprised if I do it. # Seeing your name on the letter I thought for once that it contained 2 or 3 shares of Phonograph stock for me. But, only a dinner ticket. However, my dear wizard, I'm ready to exchange this ticket, even now, for a small fraction of Phonograph stock, any time before Feb 7th. Hoping that you and your family are all well. [Includes Attached letter in different hand:] The New York Press Club will give a banquet at Delmonico's Thursday, Feb 16th in honor of its newly elected President, John A. Cockerill. # The price of tickets will be $8 each and they will be issued only to members of the Club and gentlemen connected with the press or engaged in literary pursuits who are introduced by a member. # Tickets can be obtained by members from the Treasurer of the Committee, John C. Hennessy at the Club House. # Members desiring to invite friends must send application for tickets in writing addressed to the 'Invitation Committee,' giving name, address and occupation of the parties to whom they desire tickets issued, which application will be passed upon daily at 4:30. # The Committee have made a special arrangement with the famous restaurateur that will insure an exceptionally fine dinner, and the event promises to be one of rare interest. Signd Paul Dana (chairman) and C. J. Smith (Sec Committee)








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[D8812AAG], Letter from George Parsons Lathrop to Thomas Alva Edison, January 24th, 1888

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