[LB054589], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to J E Simpson, Jr., December 12th, 1891


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[LB054589], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to J E Simpson, Jr., December 12th, 1891





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


Dec. 12, 1891.
J. E. Simpson, Jr., Esq.,
No. 35 Broadway,
New York.
Dear Sir:-
Your letter of 27th ultimo, in regard to a perfect covering for the bottoms of steel and iron vessels, has been read by Mr. Edison. In reply he has instructed me to inform you that he has already given considerable thought to this subject and has been trying to devise a method for preventing the steel plates used on war ships from rusting; he has tried a number of experiments in the connection, but as yet his efforts have not been successful.
Regarding a perfect covering and protection for piling and timber used for pier and other similar construction, to which subject you also refer in your letter, Mr. Edison has never been given this matter consideration, and so the present time he has so many items in the fire it would be impracticable for him to do so. He appreciates the importance of the subject, however, and says that somebody should take it up. Thanking you for your letter
I am, Yours truly,
A. O. Tate
Private Secretary.
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