[D8905AIK], Letter from Seth Low to Thomas Alva Edison, November 22nd, 1889


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[D8905AIK], Letter from Seth Low to Thomas Alva Edison, November 22nd, 1889

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CONFIDENTIAL ## Probably you will recall seeral interview we had together a number of years ago in regard to an electrical school at Columbia College. At that time, it was impossible to interest the Trustees in a movement of the kind on account of the condition then of the College finances. During the last year a school of electrical engineering was established, and a building for its accommodation is almost completed. You are aware, also, that the College has shown its practical sympathy with such projects by selecting me for the presidency. I should esteem it a particularly happy augury, both for myself and for the College, if I could be so fortunate as to interest you in this school now, as I think you were ready to be interested when we spoke together a few years ago. If I remember correctly, you told me you had offered to the College the exhibit of electrical apparatus which you had made in the Paris Exposition of 1878, upon the condition, if I recollect aright, that the College store it in a fireproof building. At that time it was impossible for the College to comply with the condition. If it would be agreeable to you to make such a tender as to your exhibit of the Exposition of this eyar, I think the College might be able to satisfy you as to the care that would be taken of it, I hae the feeling that New York is the place where such a school can do the most good, and it goes without saying that such a recognition at your hands would give a prestige to the School of Columbia that would insure its success from the start. I venture to hope that you will see in my own new relation to the College a sufficient guarantee of the progressive spirit of the institution to make you feel safe in giving to it such a recognition. I have written with entire frankness. I trust that in doing so, I have not seemed to you to take an unwarranted liberty. I need only add that if you would like to have a talk with me, I will call upon you at such time and place as you may be pleased to indicate.







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