[LB063094], Letter from William Edgar Gilmore to Robert Bowie Owens, March 31st, 1898


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[LB063094], Letter from William Edgar Gilmore to Robert Bowie Owens, March 31st, 1898




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


Mar. 31, 1898.
R.B. Owens, Esq.,
c/o University of Nebraska,
Lincoln, Neb.
My dear Sir:
Mr. Edison has requested me to reply to your letter of March 31st with references to his making a personal exhibit at the coming Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition to be held at Omaha. As he has already written you, it has cost him so much for personal exhibits in the past, and particularly at the last Parisian Exposition, that he made it an absolute rule never again to make an exhibit, and so far as I know has not deviated from this rule, except in one instance. He did not make a personal exhibit at the late Coleman Exposition in Chicago, although every influence was brought to have him do so. The fact of the matter is, that electric lighting apparatus designed after his ideas is now put out by the General Electric Co., and it is my impression that it is their intention to make an exhibit at your Exposition. Of course I have no direct information as to this, but I assume such to be the fact.
I trust, therefore, that after due considering in the view of the above explanation you will see the justice of Mr. Edison’s position and I sincerely hope that you will have no trouble in securing the exhibits of apparatus manufactures by his different concerns, which will more then effect anything he could send one from here.
Yours very truly,
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