[X184B4], Letter from Margaret Storm (Mrs Francis R.) Upton to Edward Storm, August 26th, 1889


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[X184B4], Letter from Margaret Storm (Mrs Francis R.) Upton to Edward Storm, August 26th, 1889

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[From Hotel du Rhin, Place Vendome, Paris] My dear father:-- ### Mothers letter came this morning, and I was so glad to hear from you all ### I was so surprised to hear you had given up No. 7. Yet I know I was about the only member of the family who used it. I am quite anxious to know what you did with all the things, and hope you will want me to store the Dutch table for you at Orange, of course subject to your orders at any time. We are having such a beautiful time. Monday night we were dined by M. Berton, one of the wealthy Parisians, in behalf of the Telephone Company of France. The dinner a most superb affair was at the Exposition grounds in the restaurant Kuhn, the room in which it was served was lined all round with palms and ferns, and blooming plants so the effect was as in a great conservatory, all thro these plants were hundreds of little incandescent lamps. It was a regular fairy-land scene. About one hundred and fifty sat down at three tables. I had a most honored seat, opposite Mrs Edison. On my left was Mr. Bartholdi, who made the great Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. He speaks good English and was perfectly charming to me. On my right sat Mr. Preece of London the most eminent Electical Engineer in England, next him Mr. Berger, the French Exposition Commissioner, next him Edison, and then M. Mascart the most eminent scientist in France. After dinner we listened thro the Telephone to the Grand Opera being performed five miles away. It was like a chapter from Looking Backwards. Saturday Mr. Dick and Mr. Dyer had a four-in hand coach and drove eleven of us to Versailles. It was a beautiful day, and we had an elegant time, with a fine dejeuner there, in a private room. When we returned we attended an elegant dinner at the Grand Hotel, given by Mr. Hammer for Mr. & Mrs Edison, after which we all went to see the Spanish Dancer, one of the sights of Paris this summer. Sunday [----] with the Edisons breakfasted with Mr. & Mrs Harjes, at their elegant house in Paris. Mrs. Harjes came up from the country and opened her house for the occasion. Tuesday night we attended a very swell reception for Mr. E. by the British Scientists in Paris in Convention. Sir William Thompson and a number of celebrated people were there. Mr. Courtland A. Parker of Newark went with us. We came over to London and are at the Metropole. We are alone, and having a glorious time. Last evening in the parlor just before we went out to dinner I met Mrs Nicholl's of New York, a great friend of Mrs. Thompsons. We were dined & taken to the theatre last night by Franks friend, Mr. D[----], and to night a Mr. Thomas honors us the same way. Next Tuesday and Wednesday we dine at two different country places with Franks friends and shall leave an opportunity to see some of English country life. We sail Thursday on the Saale, North-German Lloyd, and ought to be in New York the [12th?] I hope all goes well with you dear father. With much love to you and mother in which Frank joins. Ever your loving daughter Margaret A. Upton. Frank has gained six and I seven pounds. Hotel MetropoleXXXLondon, EnglandXXXAug. 30, 1889







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