[LB020041], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Henrietta Reiss, January 14th, 1885


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[LB020041], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Henrietta Reiss, January 14th, 1885

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"Referring to your favor of the 12th I think you will find that you have a difficult matter to defend your side of the debate you speak of. I am strongly of the impression that steam has been, up to this time by far the most beneficial to the world. If it were a case of blotting out one or the other I think we could the better dispense with electricity. Without steam it would be next to impossible to cross the American continent in less than seven days or the Atlantic Ocean in about the same time. But for steam the [-----] open to the uses of electricity would be but small as the steam engine is today essential as a motive power for the production of electricity for such purposes as Electric Lighting Elctric motors for Railroad industrial & other purposes. Of course I am speaking of what has taken place up to the present time. The future may and I believe will, give us discoveries and inventions which will place electric motive power in advanced & independent of Steam."





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