[MU015], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Elijah Wood Upton, May 24th, 1879


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[MU015], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Elijah Wood Upton, May 24th, 1879

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re his trip to Lawrence; "Mr. Edison seemed pleased to see me back and glad of the information I brought with me. In the afternoon he and I had a long talk about matters pertaining to the light. The telephone system has been progressing since I left, and a large amount of work had been done. The machine for lighting the North pole had been sent away and a large number of carbons had been prepared for hte purpose. Mr. FAllon [whom he visited at Lawrence] seemed to think that the electriic light might be made in time to take the place of gas in mills. He said that the gas they used cost nearly as much as the water. I went to lunch with him, and saw his place he is very deep in gardening. I judge from certain indications that Edison hauled in some money last week from his telephone contract in England, as he has just ordered about 500 books, and my landlady said given $1000 to his wife. He seemed to be in good spirits which looked as if he had some money in the bank, for he was dead broke when I left, for I heard him say so, and knew he had trouble to pay his pay-roll as he had over drawn his account. There is still a mint of money in telephones yet. I should like very much to have a share of it. Yet if the Electric light succeeds there is far more money in it and I feel sure that I shall have a share in that. There is the same artist here now painting a picture of Mr. Edison that there was in Brunswick to fill the panesl in the chapel. He comes from Scribner's Monthly to give them a head from which to engrave a portrait.





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