[D8958AAN], Letter from Julius H Block to Charles Batchelor, October 19th, 1889


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[D8958AAN], Letter from Julius H Block to Charles Batchelor, October 19th, 1889

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[New name mentions: Marcella Sembrich, Camille Saint-Saens, Jules Massenet, Antonin Dvorak] Thanks for replying re funnels; have ordered them to be made immediately. [Discuss the dimensions of funnels].###"The solution you sent me for the Grenet cell, is the same used here, & which lasted 20 min. I will find out the other solution###"In a few days time I will be able to show the apparatus to the greatest living composer P. Tschaikowski. Naturally it will be as desirable for you saw for me to keep a phonogram of each of the celebrities I will be able to procure": the Emperor, Tschiakowski, Rubinstein, "besides a few pieces performed by: Rubenstein, Mershwinski, Sembrich, Saint Saens, Gounod, Massenet, Dvorak & other celebrities, who are coming here this winter to perform & to whom I can be introduced by Tschaikowski & Rubenstein."; we also have a gallery of national celebrities that would not be of general interest, but I will need more cylinders to do this. Tchiachowski would like to make experiments in using the phonograph for composition. In order to do that we would have to use a fine screw. I enclose a check on the National Provincial Bank of England for 25 pounds sterling for a few parts and some cylinders. "I almost became ill, when I saw how the thread of the main screw became injured through letting down the arm; yet, after investigating the matter closely I don't see any way of avoiding this affair." Send me one extra screw as I had & one with 200 threads per inch. "Should the fine screw act as well as the other one I would prefer 2 fine ones with the upper part naturally in duplicate as well. An extra belt of each kind & extra brushes, I believe would not do harm." Send this by Baldwin express along with an eight branch listening tube.###I ordered a portable battery to take with me from C.&C. Motor Co., which I hope will work satisfactorily.###At your works, I saw a new rheostat you were just finishing for applying to the electric light wires. "Since we have a central station with continuous current of 100 volts, such a apparatus would, in many cases substitute the battery & facilitate matters for me."





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