[D9208AAH], Letter from C R Richards to Thomas Alva Edison, July 18th, 1892


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[D9208AAH], Letter from C R Richards to Thomas Alva Edison, July 18th, 1892





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


[Letterhead] The Pittsburgh & Western Railroad
Office of Purchasing Agent
Pittsburgh, Pa. July 18th 1892
Thos A. Edison
Dear Sir
Do you recall to mind some years ago, in the days of the old National or Automatic Telegraph Co when you were experimenting in the Gould Machine Shops at Newark N.J. an Operator by name of Richards that put the line in repair between New York and Washington?
I am that Operator and if you do not remember me perhaps you will call to mind a little device I showed you for an Automatic Repeating Attachment, something that could be adjusted to any Replay, thereby making a set of Automatic Repeaters. I enclose a diagram of the idea in its original condition as you saw it at that time and I remember some suggestions you made about it very well. I only mention this that you may be able to recall me to mind. I was one of the party of five that went to England in December 1880 for the Edison Telephone Co. My object in writing you is to learn if you can place me in some position with the Edison Company. I am a good Electrician, and have some original ideas in my cranium. I have a family and am not doing as well as I could wish. I would like to become identified with the Edison co and settle down with them.
If I come to New York will you try and place me in some capacity?
C.R. Richards,
[TAE Marginalia] Tell him I am out of the Electric Light biz
Ans'd July 26 1892
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