[LB057343], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Mrs A A Miller, May 4th, 1893


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[LB057343], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Mrs A A Miller, May 4th, 1893





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


May 4, 1893.
Mrs. A. A. Miller,
Ocoee, Orange Co.,
Dear Madame,-
Your letter of 25th ultimo has been received by Mr. Edison. From the description contained therein of the Lightning Rod on your residence, Mr. Edison considers the building to be perfectly safe from damage by lightning, provided the ends of the rod are buried in very damp earth. Whether or not this condition is complied with in the case in question is not stated in your letter. A very thin coating of platinum is generally put on the points of lightning rods, and as this involves but little expense, the probability is that investigation would show that platinum had been employed in the case of your lightning rod, as represented. It is not necessary to insulate the rod from the wood work of house; at one time it was thought necessary to do this, but the idea has long since been exploded.
Trusting that this information will relieve you of some anxiety in the matter
I am, yours respectfully,
A.O. Tate
Private Secretary.
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