[D8822ABB], Letter from Jonathan Lewis Young to Thomas Alva Edison, September 12th, 1888

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Abstract

Having seen and read so much about your many inventions I have often wondered if you have tried your hand at a type writer. I have been many years engaged in electrical work in connection with the General Postoffice and have often thought that an instrument where speed and preicision is required surely electricity would be the proper mode of obtaining the necessary motive and percussion force I have seen nearly all the Typewriters in the market and find each has its drawback notably that the most effective instruments require to be struck with an uniform blow to produce an even writing whereas in my opinion the mere fact of touching a key should cause the type arm to be thrown up with an equal force throughout. Electricity would do this. Permit me to offer you my humble congratulations on the success of the new Phonograph which I am very anxious to see and try for myself. ### Trusting you will excuse the liberty I have taken in addressing you but my excuse must be that you are a public man and therefore have not even the privileges of privacy. [TAE marginalia: "Say I am working on one. E"]

Date

1888-09-12

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

D8822ABB

Folder Set

D8822

Title

[D8822ABB], Letter from Jonathan Lewis Young to Thomas Alva Edison, September 12th, 1888

Microfilm ID

122:744

Publisher

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

Timestamp

September 12, 1888