[D8905ABS], Letter from James A Clancy to Thomas Alva Edison, March 3rd, 1889


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[D8905ABS], Letter from James A Clancy to Thomas Alva Edison, March 3rd, 1889

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Friend Alva, I see by the morning paper you had a bad accident in having your face burnt with acid in your experimenting. Am truly sorry and hope it will not in full or even in part prevent your continuation of the good work you are doing--please accept my sorrow and my hart felt wishes that it may not be as baed as reported. I have often wondered that you have not in all these years of experiments got hurt in some way. You remember what chances you and I used to take at your old home and how your good mother used to talk to us and say we would yet blow our hands off. Don't you remember when we made a hole in the but of a big pine tree near the Lee home. Filled it with powder, drove a plug in then you told Mike Oates to put his cap over the plug and you put a match to it. Mikes cap went up to the top of the observatory and it blew the side out of the [Lee's?] house. I got a thinking today of those old times on reading of your mishap and can see your mother just how she used too look when she would come out on the big stoop of the house and call ALVA, the wonder is that you did not kill Mike and myself as we had many narrow escapes but we got through all ok and I hope you will do so in this case-- With kind regards as ever your friend Jas A Clancy 509-3rd Ave Detroit Mich [Name mention Mike Oates]




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