[MU014], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Elijah Wood Upton, April 27th, 1879


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[MU014], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Elijah Wood Upton, April 27th, 1879

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This month is nearly through and I hardly know where the time has gone, though I have learned and done quite an amount. Mr. [Edison] was sick during the past week for three days and during that time I had a fine chance to experiment to my satisfaction. One thing is quite noticeable here that the work is only a few days behind Mr. Edison, for when he was sick the shop was shut evenings as the work was wanting to keep the men busy. I had a note from Louisa saying that she would like to make me a visit, I epxected here yesterday but she did not come. There is still hope that the summer will see a public exhibition of the electric light. There are thousands of difficulties to be overcome yet before it can be given to the public and Mr. Edison will overcome them if any one does. I have not loast my faith in him for I see how wonderful the power he has, are for invention. He holds himself ready to make anything that he may be asked to make if it is not against any law of nature. He says he will either have what he wants or prove it impossible. If he does not have a lamp to use electricity he will show that with present knowledge it cannot be had. I hope to go home for a visit in about three weeks, and hope to find the family health good.





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