[MU031], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Elijah Wood Upton, October 19th, 1879


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[MU031], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Elijah Wood Upton, October 19th, 1879

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I am now settled. My piano came Friday and is a very fine one the tone is ufll and rich and its appearance very fine. It fills the corner of our parlor very well and is a great ornament. Today I had one of the young men from the laboratory come to dinner and he plaed very finely two or three pieces on it to christen it. Mr. Eidson's telephone contracts in England are about closed, I believe all but the ready money. His share will be about $215,000 cash for advance royalty which will leve him after he has paid all claims about $175,000 to put in the banks to his credit. I hope he may get it in the course of a few weeks so that flush times may shine on Menlo PArk. There will be a new chemical laboratory the moment the check comes. Mr. Edison has his heart on having as ine a one as there is in the world for practical purposes. He may give me a small slice, I shall ask for it anyway. The electric light goes on very slowly, I hope towards ultimate perfection. If we can get what we want the money will come in enormous amounts. There is scarcely an invention int he world which has such promise of large amount of money. Yet, if does not succeed I shall be contented with the experience I shall have, though of course very much disappointed at not having the money. [rest about Lizzie as wife and housekeeper]





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