[D8845AHE], Letter from John Birkinbine to Thomas Alva Edison, December 20th, 1888


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[D8845AHE], Letter from John Birkinbine to Thomas Alva Edison, December 20th, 1888

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[competition] "I have your favors of the 18th and 19th with enclosures, and will attend to the matters of correspondence between Messers Hix and Exall. I am familiar with the character of the iron ore in that locality of Texas, and all that I have seen are specular ores. I note the copy of the letter Mr. Ira Miller from Akron Ohio, and think he is blaming a publication unnecessarily. You might keep perfectly quiet about your magnetic separator, but others [unclear] not, and Mr. Conckling is I understand getting ready to draw prominent attention to his magnetic separator. Messers [Serahton?] & Cook are building a large Wenstrom Separator, the Troy machine parties announce their magnetic machine as ready for operation, and the Connelly process people either have contracted, or are about to contract for 30 tons of the Croton concentrates daily separated by the Buchanan machine, so that if you do not keep your machine before the public, others will, and if parties are to be enthused you may as well have the benefit as any one else. I think Mr. Miller will find on investigation that the publication in the Iron Age will do more good than harm. As you suggest I will not send the cuts to the Iron Trade Review, nor do anything in the matter until I see you. ### I have heard from Mr. Harden of the Phoenix Iron Company, and he says that he will be unable to visit your Laboratory until after the holidays, but will send some ore at once. ### I would remind you that you stated that you would look up the samples of ore sent by Mr. Pratt from South Carolina, and ferruginous sand rock which was sent by Mr. Wiestling of Pennsylvania. ### I return you letters of Messer Rix and Exall, and also a copy of the reply which I sent to M. Exall." Yours truly, Jhn Birkinbine




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