[MU040], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Elijah Wood Upton, December 21st, 1879


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[MU040], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Elijah Wood Upton, December 21st, 1879

Editor's Notes

Today has been quite exciting here since the mornings Herald contained an account of the discovery of the lamp and the whole inveniton. Mr. Edison had allowed a Herald reporter to take full notes so as to prepare his account for the exhibition which was to come off in a few weeks. The reporter was Edison's friend and he thought he could keep a secret. Yet newspaper traditions were too strong and he sold out at a good price I suppose for he had the first full account. Mr. Edison is very much provoked and is working off is surplus energy today. The light is very fine and promises much money, yet all is promise. I have my parlor lighted very beautifully with it. Lizzie has fixed the lamps with ribbons and flowers and I think I am a peg ahead of any one in the show, for all the other lamps are to be put in gas fixtures and follow old customs. Edison thinks people will like the gas fixtures best as they an thus better compare the lights given. Lizzie is going to leave here Tuesday morning and New York 11 a.m. She will spend the night with you and go on the next day to Brunswick. I hardly think I shall go home as this is the chance of my life. I honestly think Mr. Edison has struck a great thing in the light as we have it today.





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