[D8935AAC], Letter from William J Jenks to Thomas Alva Edison, January 10th, 1889


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[D8935AAC], Letter from William J Jenks to Thomas Alva Edison, January 10th, 1889

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Edison Electric Light Co., Executive Offices####Thomas A. Edison, Esq., Orange, N.J####Dear Sir:####I have undertaken to prepare for the February meeting at Kansas City of the Edison Illuminating Companies an evening entertainment, similar to the Lightning Protection talk at Nantasket, illustrated with steropticon diagrams. In this case, however, the Bureau desires to secure the practical co-operation of all practical men in the business who will send within a week after receivving this letter any notes or accounts of special features of entral Station work not heretofore described, new devices or new methods of using old ones, or statistics of work which they have accomplished, showing the progress of the business in the fields.####Among such contributions may be included, for example, (1) statement of motor work; (2) current sold to telegraph ompanies or for other special purpose: (3) interesting modifications of the ordinary methods of writing, as in large buildings: (4) special lighting, as in theatres or public halls where unusual problems of distribution have been met: (5) original or special forms of switches, lighning arresters, ampere-meters, safety catches, &c.: (6) acounts of special difficulties with conductors, like electrolysis or obscure faults.####These descriptions should be accompanied when practicable by India ink drawings or sketches on pure white paper of any convenient size for photographing, say from 6 to 12 inches square, or samples of devices from which slides can be made, or if convenient photographs of your station, or can obtain any, showing an outside view and the arrangement of your electrical apparatus, these will prove of great interest to many who have not had an opportunity of visiting you. If you do not wish to part with such photographs and will loand them to us, or will send us negatives from which slides can be made, we will see that they are carefully used and promptly returned.####your co-operation is earnestly solicited. If you are to be present at the convention, and it is not convenient to send any descriptionat this time, we shall be grateful for a response to this letter, stating that you will be present in person and give a number of slides and accompanying descriptions. Thus we shall know to what extent we may depend upon you for a contribution. If you ccannot be present, whatevver is sent over your signature will be shown, or read as your contribution.####By many short and interesting paragraphs we hope to greatly enhance the interest of thie Convention. You will appreciate the fact that any effort to be available should be prompt.####Please use the enclosed envelope for your reply.####Yours very truly####W.J Jenks, Director.####[Name mentions:Thos Edison, William Jenks, Association of Edison Illuminating Cos, Lightning Protetion talk at Nantasket, J.H Vail,. Edward H. Johnson, F.S Hastings]




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