[D8905ACT], Letter from James Baylis to Thomas Alva Edison, April 16th, 1889


View document with UniversalViewer   → View document on Archive.org  → Re-use this digital object via a IIIF manifest


[D8905ACT], Letter from James Baylis to Thomas Alva Edison, April 16th, 1889

Editor's Notes

From the address at the head of this you will be reminded of your old home and you may perhaps recognize my name as a familiar one long connected with business here even before your boyhood days. I find all over the land boys of former days who recognize me or my name while they themselves have quite grown out of my recollection. I write now to you presuming that you have a kindly feeling spot in your heart towards Canadaian Boys and say especially a bright Montrealer. To be brief, and come to the point at once. I want to presume upon your good nature and get a candid opinion from you as to my boy who has just come to a most important crisis of life and hwom I had hoped to introduce to your establishment. I have a son who will graduate from Worcester Polytechnic Institute next [year?] who has stood well in all his classes and has the good opinion of all his Professors, and will leave the graduating mechanical class with a good grade at the end of June. He leans very much to taking an Electrical course either at Boston--Johns Hopkins or Cornell University, before entering upon the practical business of life--and some of his Professors [confinion?] that inclination. My own opinion was that in your own or some such establishment he could get all the practical experience necessary to fit him for a successful electricians career and that he might rise in such a profession by the force of application and the knowledge already acquired. Will you please confer the favour and lay me under obligation by your candid opinion of what would be the best for such a young man to do who has made up his mind to an electrial profession--To enter such an establishement as yours, or take a further electrical course? Your reply will greatly oblige yours respectfully, James Baylis [Name Mentions: James Baylis Thos Edison Worcester Polytechnic Institute Cornell University Johns Hopkins University ]






Folder/Volume ID


Microfilm ID


Document ID



Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
Download CSV | JSON