[D8953ABA], Letter from Pell Fluor Spar Mining Co, H Loudon to Alfred Ord Tate, April 29th, 1889


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[D8953ABA], Letter from Pell Fluor Spar Mining Co, H Loudon to Alfred Ord Tate, April 29th, 1889

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Your kind favor 24th at hand-- We have no transparent samples of the "Calc" (native lime) Spar but occasionally come across some very fine transparent samples of the Fluor Spar crystalized in squares & c-- We find these when we come across "pckets" in our mine-- If this is what you desire we will remember you when we reach the next pocket-- Would the lump of "Fluor Spar" or ground "Calc Spar" be useful to yo in any way in your experimenting? Fluor Spar is the most powerful fluxing mineral in the world if its fumes could be controlled so that thte molten mass would receive the full benefit--if this could be done steel would be make direct from the ore in the furnace to any desired weight in our mess--or hard or soft steel or iron made Krupp the great German inventor or discoverer of Casting Steel in large bodies would take a back steat--##I believe Fluor Spar and Calc Spar and possibly some other simple ingredient is all that is requried to do the work-- something to retain the strong cleansing and purifying fumees of Fluor Spar and drive out the phosphorous and sulphur-- I have the largest mine of Fluor Spar and about the only one in the U.S. and would gladly put it in to such a discovery-- I sell a great deal ofhte Fluor Spar for fluxing as it is, but in its natural state it does not come into general use especially with the smaller iron works as they cannot control it-- They say it is invaluable to them if its fumes could be controlled-- I believe Mr Edison is the man to solve this problem as he has done so many other uch more difficult--





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