[FB004AAF2], Letter from Marion Estelle Edison to Thomas Alva Edison, July 26th, 1889


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[FB004AAF2], Letter from Marion Estelle Edison to Thomas Alva Edison, July 26th, 1889

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[POSSIBLY SELECTABLE, AS ONE OF THE FEW FROM MARION TO TAE] My dear Papa, I knowit is bad form, as the English say, to commence a letter with an apology, but I cannot possibly do less than apologize for my long delay in writing you. I know you will forgive my neglect when I tell you how busy I have been ever since I left home. It seems almost too good to be true that I am to see you and Mama so soon. It seems almost years since I saw you last. I have felt homsick for the first time in my life since I came to Europe. I seem so dreadfully far away from home and you Papa dear. I know I shall more than appreciate every thing when I return home for good after having so long been an exile from home. I cannot begin to tell you how delighted I am with all I have seen so far of Europe. I know I can never thank you enough for permitting me to come and it will not be my fault if you ever have cause to regret that permission. I am now in England in consequence of your cable.I am very glad to see the British Isles first as every one says that they aught to be seen before the Continent. I like England very much better than France. I [---?] like the English people very much better than the French. I know that you did not form a very complimentary criticism of the English when you were here but I think when you see more of them you will like them much better. The French I simply detest. I think them immodest, irreligious, fickle and insincere. I could [tell?] you with a list of their many faults. I suppose you will stay in Paris a couple of weeks before you start travelling. Mama has not written me any of your plans so I do not know exactly what I am to do. We are travelling just as fast as is possible but I am awfully afraid you will get to Paris before we do. One cannot possibly do Scotland in less than ten days. We only just arrived in Edinburgh last evening so you see we are rather pressed for time as ten days here will bring us about to the fourth of August and then we go to Ireland. I shall feel very much disappointed if I cannot be in Paris to receive you but the wisest thing to do I suppose would be to finish out my trip as in all probabilities I shall never see England again. I know you will be very much pleased when you see your department in the Exposition. Mr. Hammer deserves to be congratulated as far as that is concerned. I think that it has certainly increased your popularity with the French. I am more than bitter with Mr. Gouraud, he has simply made you and the phonograph [ridiculous?] in the eyes of the English people. I knew this man was a scoundrel from the first time I saw him. He has done everything to advertise himself and put you in the back ground as much as possible. I do not know how you feel about it but I think it a great imposition. You must expect Papa bo be boared to death in Paris with invitations. You cannot know until you go there how really admired you are by the French. It makes me so proud to think that I am your daughter. I only wish that I was half worthy of such a farther. With love, M.E.E
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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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