[D9238AAO], Letter from Richard C Johnson to Thomas Alva Edison, April 12th, 1892


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[D9238AAO], Letter from Richard C Johnson to Thomas Alva Edison, April 12th, 1892




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


Mr. Thos. A. Edison,
Orange, New Jersey,
My Dear Sir:
Some time ago I sent you an account of the experiment made in this Institution with the phonograph. This was published in the press everywhere and excited a great deal of comment not only in this but in foreign countries, from which latter, by the way, I have received a large number of letters, making inquiry concerning the experiment and the nature of the machine. In our own country and especially among the Institution papers, the interest has been intense. There have been many comments some of them being coupled with singing adverse criticism. Those who have criticized severely claim that the ordinary speaking tubes are as good if not better than the phonograph, for the purpose of teaching articulation to the deaf.
In order to thoroughly satisfy myself as to its usage in an Institution like this, I have determined to make another experiment extending over thirty days and applied to each one of our 300 pupils. I will keep such a record as is outlined in the card here with sent you. Our former experiment covered only three days’ time and was applied to but fifty seven pupils. Ss a matter of reference I also send you herein an account of it.
I am desirous of making this present test thorough and complete in every respect and will be most pleased to listen to any suggestions you may offer in furtherance of this object.
Hoping to hear from you, I am,
Very respectfully yours,
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