[D8828ABH], Letter from Charles F Hanington to Thomas Alva Edison, April 24th, 1888


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"I left New York Feb 20th detained at Newport News till 24th (change of Captains) and this commenced the delays that sem to be without end on this trip, did not get to Rio till March 22nd, no ship til the 31st to Buenos Aires, arrived there April 5 quarantined till the 8t, left for this place on 12th, reached here on 18th to find that I could get no boat till 25th tomorrow start for Curamba Brazil. 536 miles from here will have to say there for several days, you see this is the first month of winter, and the rainy season, has only commenced, consequently the river is at its lowest, and none of the big boats can run. So I have to buy my ticket from our port to another, and then take my chance of getting a boat to the next place. This is making this trip a costly one both in money and time. I expect to reach Cuyaba 2,503 miles from Buenos Siares (this is a country of magnificent distances) about May 10th 80 days since I left and 9,310 miles from N.Y. ### Vegetation on this river is very scarce in comparison to that of the Amazon. Very few Palms and trees of all kind very small the country being one vast prairie or "campeas" as they call is here. Have ahd any quantity of time to inquire, and personality look around but have seen nothing that even looked good. However from this out the ground gets higher, and at Curamba the mountains commence. ### I hope to get back here (Asuncion) in about 2 months." Respectfully yours C.F. Hanington [Marginalia: "File Bamboo"]








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[D8828ABH], Letter from Charles F Hanington to Thomas Alva Edison, April 24th, 1888

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