[LM111181], Letter from Arthur Edwin Kennelly to John Pender, December 3rd, 1888


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[LM111181], Letter from Arthur Edwin Kennelly to John Pender, December 3rd, 1888

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Sir John Pender K.E.M.C##Chairman D.V.S. Co##Dear Sir##I beg to acknowledge with many thanks your kind letter of the 23rd ult. enclosing an order on Ms Brown for the sum of twenty [guineas?]. I was much pleased to be able to serve you in my late journey to Halifax and also for so doing to be able to analyze one of the most interesting technical problems in cable telegraphy that perhaps even presented itself for enquiry--a problem when solution has not only a most important technical bearing from a practical and commercial standpoint but also a very high scientific interest in the present condition of electrical knowledge. The phenomena typically represented now at Halifax occurence some time since at Valentia in Ireland as I have read in a paper written by Mr Graves to the Society of Telegraph Engineers, and to my own knowledge they occurred also at Toobay Nova Scotia. The difficulties which then arose were overcome by the men placed in the position of dealing with them and because there was no deep --- such as Halifax harbour presents to defeat their measures The same phenomena and the same difficulties will unquestionably reappear if all other conditions remaining the same, cable stations are opened on shores of slary rock.##While I am therefore much gratified by the trust and confidence you rested in me on the late enquiry, I am surprised to see in your letters the evidence of an uncertainty in your opinion as to the ----- of the solution given for the problem particularly as I hold the mathematical evidences in addition to the experimental results obtained both by Mr Lundy and myself.##I feel therefore so fortified in the position the evidence assumes that I beg that you will give me permission to write a paper for the Society of Electrical Engineers on this subject embracing other instances of a similar nature that have lately come to my knowledge. This paper will of course be written scientifically and for as scientific purposes only avoiding all personality and any invidious allusion, and if you will allow me I will forward it firts to Winchester Haus for your examination before it reaches the Society's hands, so that any amendment in the interests of the Direct United States both Co or of the truth can be made in it.####If then you will be so good as to inform me --- This proposal meets with your views, I will propose the matter for a prompt reply.##Meanwhile I think it is only just and equitable that I hold over the order on Mr Brown##(3)##you have been so good as to enclose, until the outcome of the proposed paper before the society shall confirm your belief in the accuracy of my report since then only shall I consider myself fully entitled to honorarium.##Hoping to hear from you at an early date##Believe me to remain##Dear Sir##Yours very faithfully##A.E. Kennelly





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