[D8847ADM], Letter from Frank Hamilton Cushing to Thomas Alva Edison, November 30th, 1888


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[D8847ADM], Letter from Frank Hamilton Cushing to Thomas Alva Edison, November 30th, 1888

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"Even in the wild countries we have been exploring I have heard much of your great discovery in its improved form, from Mrs. Hemenway and other friends! Naturally, I was enthusiastic when I learned that one of the Phonographs was, when perfected, to come to us for I recognised in it, the only possible instrumentality for the preservation in their entirety of the ancient rituals of the Zuni which I had been studying for so long. As our camp is now located at Zuni, we are hoping that the instrument in question will be attainable--even if only temporarily,--before very long. At any rate, Mrs. Hemenway thinks it would be best for me, if possible, to have an interview with you before returning to the South West. ### I have therefore taken the liberty of writing to say that I shall visit New York City for a few days next week, and shall be most happy to meet you for a few moments, either at your works or at any other place you might appoint. ### I quite understand that I am asking for an honor, and am intruding on the time of the busiest of busy Americans! I beg, therefore, that you shall not hestiate to candidly refuse me, if necessary, or shall kindly appoint for my meeting one of your assistants. ### Please address, until Friday of next week, Murray Hill Hotel." I have the honor to be, Sire, very respectfully" Frank Hamilton Cushing [Marginalia: "Ans Dec 3/88"]





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