[D8905AHH], Letter from Robert Henry Thurston to Thomas Alva Edison, October 18th, 1889


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[D8905AHH], Letter from Robert Henry Thurston to Thomas Alva Edison, October 18th, 1889

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Dear Mr. Edison, Without apology for inflicting one additional letter…I want to ask if you are not ready to come to Cornell for a few days to get away from the pressure. Your are beginning to realize that your promised visit is not likely to be forgotten or forgiven. Come to talk to our boys as a non-resident lecturer, if you can make up your mind to do so; if not, come eiter during the holidays when no one is here, or…come when some other lion is here to take off a part of the interest. Le Conte Stevens comes Nov. 22nd to lecture on the developments of the science and the art of aeronautics, a subject which we are both much interest in; Langley comes later to tell of the latest experiment made by him, baked by he late Mr. Thaw of Pittsburgh; and Chanute may come still later to give us the theory of it. Emery comes probably Nov. 1st to talk about steam-engine construction; then Allen about boilers; sherwood about the mysterious wastes of hear and steam that he has done so much to reveal; Hunt talks about the iron and steel making prcesses; Bell will tell us about his experiments in making a conductor of a line of light; Babcock about water-tube boilers; Leavitt about pumping engines; Holloway about something else of interest, and Dudley, Michaelis and others add their bits. If you would settle here with me, you would get more out of these men than you can out of your laboratory--No; I will take that back, and say more that any OTHER many would. Mrs. Thursten sends a coridal invitation…to Mrs. Edison… That is point No. I. (No. 2) can you not get for me one of those terra-cotta busts? I have a first-rate portrait, that we have enlarged from the photograph that you were good enough to give me; but that bust would look so well in our Electrical Engineeringn Laboratory…I am resting PLACID in the expectation that…"There is somebody walking around that wants to give one to the University and to Sibley College." I shall get it from the Trustees, if from no one else, and shall reserve a place for your "line" of inventions…I have written to Hammer to get permission to come up and give our boys his lecture…to leave here for our museums…whatever you may think ought to be preseved. Yours very truly R.H Thursten [name mentions: Thos Edison Mr. Cocrnell Mrs. Edison Mrs. Thurston William Joseph Hammer LeConte Stevens Sibley College Electrical Engineering Thaw Bell Allen Chanute Langley Babcock Leavitt Holloway Dudley Michaelis Hunt ]




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