[LB054131A], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Exhibition. Chicago Columbian (1893), John Patrick Barrett, November 2nd, 1891


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[LB054131A], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Exhibition. Chicago Columbian (1893), John Patrick Barrett, November 2nd, 1891




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


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Letterhead of the Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison
Orange, N.J.
Nov. 2. ’91
[Cprl.?] [J. P.?] Barnett
Electrician in Chief
World's Columbian Exhibition
Chicago Ill

Dear Sir—
I have been informed by Mr William J Hammer that the Commissioners of the Worlds Fair have under consideration the advisability of sending a special commissioner abroad representing the electrical interests of the Words Fair to the Commercial interests & the scientific bodies in the different parts of Europe■Mr Hammer has also informed me that his name has been mentioned in this connection & has requested me to give you my opinion upon the advisability of the sending of such a commissioner abroad & my opinion upon his qualifications to act in this capacity From my knowledge of electrical matters & experience with electrical men abroad it seems to me to be highly important that a special effort be made to interest the foreign electricians in the coming Worlds Fair & it is my belief that if this is not done by the appointment of a special commissioner the electrical interests of the Worlds Fair, which are of such manifest importance, will beb but poorly represented outside of our own country
I consider Mr Hammer peculiarly qualified to act in this capacity
He has carried some of the largest electrical installations in this country & in Europe, & has been identified with various international Exhibitions, & while for many years connected with the Edison Electric lighting interests of this country & Europe, he has been for the last two years acting in an entirely independent capacity as a consulting & supervising Electrical Engineer. [His?]b residence of four years abroad brought him in contact with many of the most prominent electricians & the work which he has done & his connection with various electrical societies in this country & Europe should give him an excellent standing abroad. He was my representative at the Paris Exposition of 1889, which work he carried out with great success, & having resided over a year in France & a year & a half in Germany, he has acquired considerable knowledge of those languages, which should be of service to him.
Thomas A Edison■per W.J.H. [William Hammer]
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