[D8905ACY], Letter from Edward Perkins Clark to Thomas Alva Edison, April 22nd, 1889


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[D8905ACY], Letter from Edward Perkins Clark to Thomas Alva Edison, April 22nd, 1889

Editor's Notes

[This is the enclosure to D8905ACX; written from Editorial Rooms, The Evening Post] So busy a man as you, I presume, may not have chanced to see any reference to the death of Philip H. Welch, the humorist, or to the more recent movement to raise what is to be called "The Welch Memorial fund," for the education ofhis children, in recognition of the devotion and courage which he showed during the last month of his melancholoy illness. But I am sure that you will feel it worth your while some time to run your eye over the enclosed slips [not found], which will tell you of this remarkable man and of this project to honor his memory.##The movement started among the working newspaper men of this city, and they are supporting it very heartily; but, as you know, they are usually men of very limited income, and can seldom give more than %5 apiece, often not more than $1 or $2. We shall have hundreds of such figts from the newspaper men, not only of New York and Brooklyn, but of other cities all over the country. Unhappily such sums do not aggregate a large amount very rapidly. Considering the low rate of interest on safe investments, such a fund as is proposed ought to be at least $15,000 or $20,000, in order to accomplish the object in view. In order to make the movement a success, therefore, it is essential that people of more ample means shall become interested in it and cooperate. I am happy to say that a number of such people are already among the contributors, for such sums as $25, $50, $100, $250 and, in one instance, $500.##I have thought that the matter was of so interesting a nature that I would be justified in presenting it to people who would not be liekly, engrossed in business as they are, ever to notice its progress otherwise. I take the liberty of thinking that you would like to be included in the number of thos who are cooperating in this movement, and trust that you will not be offended at receiving this letter from a stranger.








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