[LM111193], Letter from Arthur Edwin Kennelly to Frederick Peterson, December 6th, 1888


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[LM111193], Letter from Arthur Edwin Kennelly to Frederick Peterson, December 6th, 1888

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Dear Dr Peterson##I enclose the more precise data concerning the voltage in the late experiment and also the butcher's certificate. Mr Edison will I dare say send you photographs of the horse soon. By the way I presume that when your board next meets of which--quorum pass magma es--you will give him a vote of thanks, for he has graituitously placed his laboratory and men at your disposition for engaging out such experiments as he could, and you wished me. That is of course a votive suggestion of a private, not a public nature.##I am sorry we could not give you the higher voltages you desired, but we did all we could. Some estimation exists in the fact that you had 800 volts out of a machine only designed for 120.##Pray pardon my indirection if I venture to suggest one or two matters to you on behalf of the interests I feel toward a moment which I consider one of the most humanitarian the age can exhibit. I would point out with stress what no ----- you very well know that it is from current and [electricity?] that the destructive effects have to flow not --F the latter bring only necessary indirect in orde to drive that current through a high resistance hence the vital necessity of larger wet electrodes, as well as high E.M.F.##As for the machine suitable for execution I shouild think a [portable?] gas engine and of about or 5 H.R. together with a high speed magnets alternating machine of 3000 volts at least would be the desideratum and in the interest of science an ampere meter of reliaility should be included in the circuit.##With kind regards and ----- to assist you in any scientific way that any duties and capabilities permit##Believe me to remain##Yours very sincerely##A.E. Kennelly





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