[MU009], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Elijah Wood Upton, March 23rd, 1879


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[MU009], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Elijah Wood Upton, March 23rd, 1879

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re George's problems; "I had a talk with Mr. Edison about wags and the future. He does not offer me any higher wages, but makes me to a certain extent a sharer in any success he may have. He has promsed to give me the copyright of any work he may publish on the Electric Light. In doing this I am thus to have the editorship of the work, and to pay for the expense of getting up the drawings. I shall also have the proceeds of any article he may write.l He does not like the trouble of writing and yet is willing that another should dress his thoughts for the press. You may smile at the prospect and think that promises will never buy bread and lodging, yet there is a certain degree of hopes in such conditions. The electric light has been on exhibition during the past few days. It shows a fair promise of being ultimately a success, and of course then giving me all the money I may need. He has lit up his shop with 18 small lights made from platinum. Each light was about equal to a gas burner. I am fully satisfied with my prospects even ifthe light does not succeed for I shall have no trouble getting a job somewhere else on Edioson's recommendation." chatty family stuff follows
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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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