[D8915AAA], Letter from Harry Huntington Miller to Thomas Alva Edison, January 7th, 1889


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[D8915AAA], Letter from Harry Huntington Miller to Thomas Alva Edison, January 7th, 1889

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You will perhaps remember that I called at the house with Lewis Miller and Jenny in May when in NY in attendance on the General Conference of the M.E. Church. I was anxious at that time to have an opportunity to talk with you re my chances for a position in your lab. Ira Miller spoke to me about this and urged me to try and Uncle Jacob also wrote that you were in Akron and urged me to try for a position. Real Estate is quiet here and although I am doing fairly well I am not growing rich with any rapidity. Your line of work is just what I am adapted for by taste and education. I cannot say much about my attainments and ability without seeming egotistical. I am a graduate of Northwestern University at Chicago and Evanston, Ill. Class of 1882. I took the scientific course and made a specialty of chemistry and electricity. Had charge of the chemical labs during all my junior and senior year and was instructor in analytical chemistry. After graduation I intended to go to Johns Hopkins and then to Germany but father's death in Sept 82 prevented and I found an analytical lab and assay office in St. Paul, Minn (then my home). This I conducted until 1884 when I went to Canada and took charge of a silver mine until 1885 when my father's interests in the St. Paul Plow Works demanded my attention. We sold out in 1887 and I came down here. I have a small private lab and work shop here and manage to do something in that line all the time. In the mechanical line I have a good general training, can use all kinds of tools and think I possess considerable inventive genius. But I fear I have tired you already with so many personalities. I think I could be of service to you and I should much like to get into the kind of work which I so much enjoy and for which my education so thoroughly adapts me. If there is any opening for me please let me know. I am willing to take hold where I can be most useful and am not afraid of hard work. TAE marginalia: "Say all full but will keep him in mind."]




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