[D8923AAN], Letter from David Hamlin Burrell to Thomas Alva Edison, June 10th, 1889


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[D8923AAN], Letter from David Hamlin Burrell to Thomas Alva Edison, June 10th, 1889

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There has lately been brought from Sweden a machine called the "Butter Extractor" which I would like you to see, in view of the interviews and letters with you regarding taking butter directly out of milk. # New (?) milk first cooled to 62 degrees in sun with this machine at rate of 1200 lbs per hour when at [----], out of one spurt -- runs the skim milk and out of the other spurt comes butter (not cream) in the [-]annular state - a pin[-] product. If you can spare the time I would like to see that a supply of new milk is provided and in exhibition of the machine in a practical way made for you. I have no interest in the invention but I am greatly interested in the state of the art and have long hoped that you could give the subject attention for I am confident that a better way will yet be found to secure the butter globules out of the milk. [----] way that will bring it within the [---]sh of the dairy farming of this country. This machine now exhibited does not [----] the conditions in that it is too expensive but is a very interesting fact that now milk is run into the tap of this machine and butter rolls out of the bottom instantly at the rate of 1 to 1.25 lbs per minute. # If you can spare the time tomorrow AM to go at 11:30 to the Astor House office up stairs I will meet you there and then proceed down to Bridge St where the machine is. Kindly telegraph at my expense care of this [----] when if you can go I will see that [----] milk is provided and everything done to show you the practical work of the machine. Please note that I do not suggest that you see this machine for the purpose of your b[---]ning interested in it at all, but for the reason that I believe something different and better can be provided and the present opportunity will give you a chance to see what the state of the art is now without putting you to much trouble. # PS - If it is inconvenient for you to come to the Astor House office at 11:30 I will meet you at any place you may indicate. If would be better perhaps some place where near the produce exchange as the machine is at 7 Bridge St and the exhibition at 12 noon but please telegraph for if you come I want to be sure that milk is provided. I will telegraph you at Orange by 10 oc tomorrow morn and will get it for Wednesday morn.






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