[D8814ACF], Letter from E C Boynton, Jr. to Thomas Alva Edison, May 15th, 1888


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[D8814ACF], Letter from E C Boynton, Jr. to Thomas Alva Edison, May 15th, 1888

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I suppose [I am? among hundreds who write to you in search of employment. I do not write with much hope that anything will come of it, still there may be a chance. # I am 24 years old, graduated last June from the Sibley College of Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University of which Thurston is the Director. # Since then I have been employed as a draughtsman and designer of locomotive brakes by this [Eames Vacuum Brake] Co. I am compelled to give up this situation because of ill health, as I cannot stand the confining life in the drawing room. # Having read in the daily papers that you are about to begin the manufacture of the Phonograph I thought there might be a chance for a theoretical engineer in some one of your departments. # If you have any position where such a man as I could be useful I am ready to do my best and turn my whole attention faithfully to work. # My salary would not be of much consequence at least until I could show that I was worth anything. Hoping that there may possibly be a chance for me and that you will have the kindness to reply. TAE marg: "can start you in lab at $12 per week"




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