[LB004079], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Theodore Puskas, January 3rd, 1879


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[LB004079], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Theodore Puskas, January 3rd, 1879

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[see copy in Puskas papers] I have been so very busy since our last exchange of Cables that I have not had a moments time to write you. I am working entirely at night with six of my assistants. I found that nothing could be accomplished during the day on account of numerous visitors. I am sorry we cannot carry out the negotiations with Drexel Morgan & Co as foreshadowed in my cable telegram of the 3d ult. If you still feel disinclined to enter into such negotiations you must without delay make propositions to have parties furnish some moeny for experimetnal purposes. The fund I have here is being rapdily exhausted as it is very expensive experimenting. I bought last week $3000 worth of copper rods alone and it will require $18000 worth of copper to light the whole of Menlo Park 1/2 mile radius. It is also essential that Serrell should have at least $300 in hand. A second set of patents on the Continent ought to have been taken out over a month ago but which has been neglectd owing to a lack of funds. Please write me immediately if you can arrange so that your parties shall contribute some aid in experimenting and how much. We re making rapid progress and the whole thing is going to be a success, but it will require more time than I at first anticipated. Dont fail to supply Serrell with at least $1500 immediately for a second set of patents.





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