[D8923AAD], Letter from R A Parrish to Thomas Alva Edison, January 29th, 1889


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[D8923AAD], Letter from R A Parrish to Thomas Alva Edison, January 29th, 1889

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The Electrical world, has heretofore been so exclusively engrossed with Galvanic Electricity, that the development and use of Static Electricity, has been abandoned. It is however incomparably cheaper, and in the language of Prof Noad (?), can be procured in Torrents from a trivial expense of fuel and without the intervention of friction on machinery. By my method, there is no virtual transmutation of fuel and heat into Electricity.##Having studiously digested the authorities on this branch of the subject, I believe that I could greatly economise your time by a brief interview, in reviewing what had been previously accomplished therein, and what my invention achieves. I would like also, to benefit by your criticism of a new Magnet of my device, altogether different from those now in use, and destined to prove an important factor in the substitution of Electric Power for that of the Steam Engine.##As you have conquored the World, and can count upon its immediate adoption of your Electrical views. I would, upon the basis previously mentioned, cheerfully surrender to you the control of my Invention, and if you prefer, would not offer myself in it at all. My ambition lies in a different channel. But I would thru your invaluable aid, like to secure without delay, the high value this Invention embodies. The sewing machine was twenty five years finding its market before Howe made a dollar, altho doing its work all that while. Such an experience I desire to escape.##The expense of my trip to Orange need not be considered.





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