[D8905AIX], Letter from Lewis Miller to Thomas Alva Edison, November 30th, 1889


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[D8905AIX], Letter from Lewis Miller to Thomas Alva Edison, November 30th, 1889

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[Shorthand for reply at the top of the page] Aultman, Miller & Co. Mr Thos A, Edison The boys seem to have a good deal of trouble with the battery for the Phonograph. Just when we want it to work most nicely the battery seems to trouble; otherwise the machine is doing splendidly and generally when we are alone in the house it works all right but when we have friends or some little gathering and want it to do first-class, it gives out. It has been rather annoying. It has brought us to think about other modes for driving it. Among the rest I have thought possibly that if we could do with the incandescent lamp what we did with the arc lights at the ship, the power might be reduced so as to have the same amount of force that the better has when it is in good condition. That is, take out one of the 16 candle-power lamps and put it in the place. What say you? The boys have been figuring on a weight a good deal. Could we not put the weight in the cellar and bring it up through the floor in the sitting room and thus make a motor pretty cheaply by some clock-work such as they have for gas machine work; or could they not use a spring power such as is used in those music boxes? Would it not run steady enough with a lower such as your music box has? Have you done anything with the decarbonizing of cast iron? Such as we talked of when last at your place? Yours resp'y Lewis Miller





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