[LB026169], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to F B Posey, January 5th, 1888


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[LB026169], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to F B Posey, January 5th, 1888

Editor's Notes

"In reference to your letter 30th ult. addressed to Mr. Edison I beg to say that the question of lighting mines by Electricity and the use of the same as [unclear] power, is one that is being dealt with by Electric Lighting Companies now in existence, any of which would doubtless be glad to correspond with you on the subject. ### Your idea as to gardening is the best one that has been presented to Mr. Edison for a year. For this character of work you would require an arc light—not an incandescent. ### Prof. Siemens has shown that plants and flowers will grow under the Electric arc in a practical experiment. The expense of keeping up greenhouses is enormous, and if you would put your present idea in operation with the [unclear] of supplying the Chicago and other markets with the product of your mine-garden, you would probably make more money than in the handling of coal." Yours truly, AO Tate





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