[D8933ACQ], Letter from Hargis and Eastin to Thomas Alva Edison, December 16th, 1889


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[D8933ACQ], Letter from Hargis and Eastin to Thomas Alva Edison, December 16th, 1889

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Law Offices of Hargis & Eastin Rooms 33 & 34 Bull Block Louisville Ky, Dec. 16 1889, 18 Mr. Thomas A. Edison, New York, N.Y##Dear sir:--We are attorneys in a suit in this city which involves first, the danger to life and proprty from the single trolley wire overhead electric railway system, pressure five hundred volts. Second, the practicability and possibilities of the conduit or underground and the storage battery electric railway system. Would you be willing to give us your deposition as a scientist on the subject, which will involve many of the points touched by you in your November Article published in the North American Review as the electric wires having a pressure of from one to two thousand volts. The telephone wires also ross the trolley wire of the railroad and run parallel with it in many places. The electric light wires and telephone wires were put up first and have procedence in point of TIME over the trolley wire railroads of this city. If you will agree to give us your deposition in the case we will at once send forward the interrogatories to an attorney (Sen. Pryor) so that we can have your answers. A brief answer to this letter indicating your views on the above questions, especially that of danger to life and property from the overhead trolley wire electric railway system crossed by other wires and so conditioned as to be by acident at any time brought into contact with them, will very much oblige us, and enable us to know whether we should take your deposition or not in the case.##We will of course expect to take your deposition in the usual way and under such terms as are usual with experts unless you object thereto. Very Respectfully Hargis & Eastin Dictated by H [Name mentions: Sen. Pryor]




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