[X250ADY], Letter from George Bartlett Prescott, Jr. to Edward Weston, June 21st, 1885

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Abstract

[5 pgs from Phila---Franklin Institute] "I got up to the buildilng at four oclock yesterday morning in time to see them start up the big Edison. Nothing came out of it, and Howell working on the assumption that it was demagnetized charged the field with the secondary battery, while [--] ckt was closed. In about five minutes smoke burst out from the armature in clouds, and that was the end. The short circuit was in the wires leading the commutator, and outside of the drum. ###Howell's intuition was to repair and he wasted some time in the attempt but he was forced finally to abandon the idea.....[Discusses his trial of Weston machine] ##It now looks fortunate that another run [on?] Edison was asked for, as the breaking down might otherwise have been covered up. What a record----three machines out of five gone to pieces. [Then discusses beneficial effect of unspecified letter on the committee, who are "sensitive to criticism."] Louis Duncan just here; he just left Tatum.

Recipient

Date

1885-06-21

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

X250ADY

Folder Set

X250

Title

[X250ADY], Letter from George Bartlett Prescott, Jr. to Edward Weston, June 21st, 1885

Microfilm ID

Publisher

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

Timestamp

June 21, 1885