[D8905AEX], Letter from James W Collier to Thomas Alva Edison, August 1st, 1889


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[D8905AEX], Letter from James W Collier to Thomas Alva Edison, August 1st, 1889

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One of Dickens' characters "TOOK to the declining, and the falling of the new-shire empire" and I have took to patenting "in a very mild form." AS you will perceive by the inclosed notice. The holder bring accepted to your system, I wished to honor myself by dedicating the trifle to you; and our mutual friends, [Ed Nice?] and harry [heliprey?] suggested that we make a call to Menlo, and spring it on you. Harry said you would stand the shock as youa are used to them. "But the best laid plans, etc. etc." I see by the papers you are going abroad, I am happy that it is your gain in rest, and recreation while its my loss in both, as I had hoped to present my tryfling device and secure your judgment. Now--in the vernacular, and reality--I'm left. I have had several propositions from parties to take it in hand. I would not close with any of them as it has been my aim directly or indirectly it should reach you. And to the later end, I wrote yesterday to Mr. riwell of your Brooklyn enterprise and am at present awaiting an answer. If you an dictate a few lines to me before your departure you will obligate several of your friends who send you a bon voyage Yours sincerely J.W Collier [Enclosure]: Collier encloses a newspaper clipping about a new incandescent lamp holder that Collier has patented [name mentions: Charles Dickens J.W Collier Thos Edison Eugene Crowell Menlo Morton house Sheridan Shook Union Square Theater Marine Journal ]





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