[D8816AAJ], Letter from John Edison (Cousin) to Thomas Alva Edison, June 3rd, 1888


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[D8816AAJ], Letter from John Edison (Cousin) to Thomas Alva Edison, June 3rd, 1888

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Dear cousin, I suppose you will be somewhat surprised on getting a letter from me and from this place after writing you some little time ago about going to Washington. I consulted my doctor and he thought it was a poor plan for me to go out there in my condition to a wild country. I have wanted the doctor to perform an operation for the last year but they would not until now so if I wish they will. They say I have one chance in a hundred to get well but I am a going to take my chances throwing myself on God's mercy and if it is his will I shall [---] if not all is well they intend to cut thru the stomach and tie the artery It is a great operation I am [---] to the St. Luke's Hospital when I can have the best of care. Mr. Edison this operation will cost me quite a little and I hate to abuse your kind generosity for you have been very kind to me but god knows I have no other resource from which I can appeal. The doctors say they will wait for their bill until I can pay it. If I live I will get well after the operation. Dear cousin if you feel able to help me farther I shall feel greatly indebted and should I live your money I will return if not may God reward you and heap blessings upon you and your dear family. I shall start for St. Paul the 6th of this month June and if you can lend me a helping hand in this hour of need please send in care of the St. Luke's Hospital [---] Paul [---].




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