[D8822AAX], Letter from L H Pike to Thomas Alva Edison, June 12th, 1888


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[D8822AAX], Letter from L H Pike to Thomas Alva Edison, June 12th, 1888

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"The moving cause of me addressing you you this communication [unclear] from the enclosed clipping. ### Quite two years ago I place in the hands of Mr. W. R. Singleton, patent solicitor of this city whose chard I enclose, a [unclear] for an air shaft. It was he who called my attention to the newspaper article. In doing so he impressed the opinion that I had in his hands the [unclear] article predict you with [unclear], and suggested that I write and invite you to put yourself in communication with him if it be true that you are taking the interest in the matter the newspaper says you are and you should deem it of sufficient importance to fully inform yourself of the scopes and merits of my designs. ### I introduce myself to you as a son of Albert Pike who is known to the world for his eminence as a mason. ### Your own solicitors can doubtless vouch to you for Mr. Singelton's standing as a citizen and in his profession. I mention this as guaranty that you are writen to personally and with integrity. ### I would be well pleased to have my design passed upon by your and if it should be found possessed of the strongth Mr. Singleton credits it with, to have it brought to a practical success through cooperation with you." Very respectfully Luther H. Pike [Marginalia: "Say that I couldn't possibly examine all the designs until the last week since the article appeared I am flooded with ideas of different persons in relation to aerial navigation--now I am unlike these gentlemen in respect to the subject in somuch as I haven't any idea at all and don't propose to have any I might sent down and draw out a thousand plausible schemes, I am trying some fundamental experiments which will take a year and until they are finished I shal formulate no machine neither do I want to go into the merits or demerits of aother machines. E." "Ans June 15/88"]





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