[D8923AAP], Letter from G W Nixon to Thomas Alva Edison, June 15th, 1889


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[D8923AAP], Letter from G W Nixon to Thomas Alva Edison, June 15th, 1889

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[TAE marginalia: There is no explosive force in electicity. It only acts on explosive agents] I do not know that practical scientific thought has ever been diverted to the subject of blasting by electicity or the use of electicity to take the place of the explosive substance. Not knowing but thinking there might be a possibility of adaptation of electricity to this purpose I would be glad you would, if you think it possible, make application of it to blasting not in the shape of electric f[---]s and battery as now exployed but by [------]ting electicity in large quantities by means of the steam plant for air [----]ling. It occurs to me that electicity in large quantity might be discharged in the bottom of holes drilled into rock or ore, by means that your experience would suggest, which would have the effect of an explosive. # I write the above namely to suggest to you a very profitable application of electricity which probably has not occurred to you in the hope that your scientific and practical knowledge of the subject may make something of it for the benefit of humanity besides adding another to your already numerous very useful invention,







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