[D8845AHM], Letter from William G Rowe to Henry M Livor, December 31st, 1888



[from Reading, PA] "Your favor of 29th inst duly recd and contents noted. In reply have to say I have the refusal of three tracts of rich Magnetic Iron Ore on a continuous range of two miles, close to Rail Road. On the one property the ore could be quarried after removing a few feet of the surface, which would not be costly mining. But the ore contains considerable quartz and [unclear] and to make it merchantable would have to be crushed and separated. It also contains too much titanic acid in its present condition for furnace use. ### But by what I have learned of Mr. Edison's Magnetic Iron Ore Seperator it would be just the thing to use on this range of ores I am telling you about, as there is plenty of ore there that could be mined cheaply and put foil of cans cheap. The only drawback is the Titanium which the ore contains. Now the question is will the Edison Separator remove enough of the Titanium from the Ore so the amount still remaining will not exceed 1 1/2 or [unclear] as the outside? If it will there is no better range of ore in Berks Co to take hold of. You undertand as well as Ids that Titanium is in combination with the iron, whereas phosphorous is in scales and much more easily separated after crushing the ore than Titanium. ### The question is will you guarantee the Edison Separator to remove the titanium sufficeintly to make the ore fit for furance use. If so I should be pleased to hear from you. Will you not put up your separator on a royalty? ### Herewith please find enclosed analysis of the soft and hard ore from this range. The soft ore is already fine enough to run through the magnetic. Hoping to hear from you again." I remain yours truly, Wm. G. Rowe [Included on next page is an analysis of the hard and soft ore.]









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[D8845AHM], Letter from William G Rowe to Henry M Livor, December 31st, 1888

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


December 31, 1888

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