[LM111216], Letter from Arthur Edwin Kennelly to Unknown, December 15th, 1888


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[LM111216], Letter from Arthur Edwin Kennelly to Unknown, December 15th, 1888

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["Private"] "I hope that you will overlook the liberty a stranger takes in addressing you.####Certain facts connected with bad ground in the sheathing of submarine cables have lately come under my notice experimentally. They are so interesting, so illustrative of this part the ground takes in the return circuit, and so full of import to telegraphy generally that I think the matter worthy of attention and propose writing a paper from the scientific standpoint for the Society of Electrical Engineers London England. I should like to include in this paper the main facts of certain other cases that are said to have occurred in American Western Telegraphy,notably one mentioned to me by Mr Edison as having been discovered in the neighborhood of Lake Superior, and in which I think a return wire of considerable length had to be resorted to in order to get ground. Mr Edison told me that no one would be able to give more accurate information than yourself. I have therefore ventured to ask if you could either give me such particulars as may remain in your recollection, or perhaps let me know whence or from####[page 115]####whom I might obtain them. I should of course gratefully acknowledge the source of my information.####Or possibly if you should think such facts as you may be possessed of are in themselves sufficient to form a paper on the subject, you might prefer to write one yourself. The two might then be read on the same morning. I cannot help thinking that considering the great share that the ground takes in all telegrpah circuits, too little attention has been paid to its situation hitherto, and I am ready to do all in my power to have the question stirred up and elucidated.####With many apologies for troubling you####I remain####Yours very truly####A.E. Kennelly####






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