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Naval Consulting Board and Related Wartime Research Papers Correspondence (1919)

This folder contains correspondence and other documents pertaining to Edison's continuing association with the Naval Consulting Board (NCB) an his experimental research for the Navy during the year following the end of the war The correspondents include Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels and Assistant Secretary Franklin D. Roosevelt; NCB members Andrew M. Hunt Thomas Robins, and William L. Saunders; inventor William G. Ruggles, and experimenters Paul D. Payne and Bruce R. Silver Included are 'terns relatinq to the writing of an official history of the Naval Consulting Board by Joyd N Scott; Edison's use of the yacht USS Hauoli for experimental research; his opinion about the future role of the NCB; and ongoing questions about the planned Naval Research Laboratory. There are also documents pertaining to the end of the war, including the disposition of various supplies and equipment, the termination of experimental work by some of Edison s men, and a preliminary list of Edison's research Fleets prepared by h.s assistant William H. Meadowcroft for Rear Admiral W. Strother Smith, the Nava! officer responsible for the NCB. Some of the letters discuss Newman H Holland's acoustic range finder and the submarine listening apparatus that Edison wished to have built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Approximately 50 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material includes routine items relating to financial, adF’l.s^Jy®- and personnel matters; unsolicited correspondence from mventors, routine thank-you letters signed by Edison; and documents, unrelated to Edison, regarding the future of the NCB.

S. P. No. 249 (Hauoli)

Gravesend Bay , H.Y. Jan. S 1919.


length overall length on waterline Net tonnage Gross tonnage Coal oapaoity Water oapaoity

220 feet. 187 feet. 203 300

55 tons. 5300 gals.

provisions for 5 days.

10 K.W. dynamo ( Ho Batteries)

Draught II feet.

Beam 21 feet*

4 Cylinder triple expansion engine.

Single sorew propulsion.

Maximum speed 17 knots. Economic speed 13 knots Wireless telegraph and wireless telephone.

3 listening devices.

Crew 60 men and 6 offioers.

Stub bowsprit (Ho stays attaohed)




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My dear Mr. Edison: / f

With reference to thlT enclosed afsa^Cents py, /olrflular letter to the members of the Board, I wr i

to give us the benefit-1 of you^Judgment. as to whg^our Boafd ought

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to be and ought to do jin future Am a ^ v 'V\ I

You will find on readi'feoye^^he i^ate £ent a^gr^^dea^.^ I of matter which a pateht lawyer ^if^ob-^t t|ae bei^^^dieTja^t and immaterial". j The really aeiln'lte supgesjij^na ajJoa)J2|r iUy4,

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would create nothing of\lts own and would simply wait to> be consulted. ^ This in my opinion would\render it a purely ornanlental and useless body. Emmet' and I seem\o agree pretty closely on another plan, but your own jrleviB will be the result of so muoh knowledge and ex¬ perience that they will be awaited with great interest, and I hope that you will find it possible to let us have Very truly.

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Naval Consulting Board.


Jan. 11, 1919.

To the Members of the Naval Consulting Board:

I am sending to each member of the Board a complete copy of all the statements made by our members at the meeting of December 14th and later revised.

The purpose of that meeting was set forth very clearly by the Chairman, Mr. Saunders. After dwelling upon the importance of devising some plan "to marry the civilian inventors and scientific men with the Navy Department", he asked "each member of the Board to give his views on the whole situation as to the future of the Board

It will be seen however that in the very interesting statements which were made, some of our members did not stick closely to the text as stated by the Chairman. Therefore in order to provide Seoretary Daniels with exactly what he asks for, namely the views of our members as to the future of the Board, I now make the suggestion that each member after reading the entire discussion submit in a few words on a single page his final recommendation as to the future of the Board, omitting argument, oritioism, compli¬ ments and other irrelevent matter. These final statements when received will be promptly placed in Mr. Saunders' hands that he may forward them together with the full notes of the discussion to Seoretary Daniels.

Yours very truly,

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1:1 Park Row. Nun* York

Jan. 13, 1919.

Mr. Thomas A. Edison, Laboratory,

Orange, N. J.

My dear Mr. Edison:

Thpra are several young men who for a number of months served without pay in this offioe, performing the very duty of examining letters from inventors. There: la i nothi: ng

that these men would appreciate as muoh aB a letter of annreoiation signed by you, and I would suggest that if you oa e toPdo it you write the letter somewhat in the following form:

My dear Sir:

As President of the Naval Consulting Board of the United States, I beg to thank you for the servioes whioh you rendered the Naval Consulting Board during the emergenoy period following the declaration of war with Germany.

Your valued assistance so willingly volun¬ teered in a spirit of patriotism will be grate¬ fully remembered.

Yours very truly,


By_ _ _ _


This letter should be addressed to Mr. dre ssed^a^New S^^S^Ag sent’ to Z that I may distribute them.

Thanking you in advance for your kindne-ei

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January 14,1919.

Ur. Thomas Robins, Secretary,

Baval Consulting Board of the United States, 13 Park Row,

Bew York, H.Y.

My dear Robins:

I have read with a great deal of interest the statements and opinions expressed by the Members of the Baval Consulting Board as to ito past, present and futuro ' standing.

In view of all the facts, I am of the opinion that all the Members of the Baval Consulting Board should plaoe their resignatipns in tho hands of The Secretory of the Eavy for action one way or another.

If he desires that the Board should be continued he should devise soma practical modifica¬ tions that would bring it into cooperation with the Offioers of the Bevy. If he cannot do this, - and I am afraid he is. powerless to do so, - I think we should insist on his acceptance of our resignations.

Youra very truly, ,



January 22, 1919,

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Your letter of January 15th was duly received and the request contained therein promptly complied with.

I hope that you receive the maps and bulletins all right, they were mailed on last Saturday even though I am late in acknowledging your letter and informing you of their transmittal.

When I was in Orange, Mr. Edison said he expected to come down here "in a couple of weeks". I have heard nothing more on the subject and am looking forward with pleasure to the time when he will be here again, even if only for a short time.

You will probably remember that when you occupied Admiral Dewey’s old room down here, I removed all of the charts and maps from the chart roll on the wall , and assisted in the preparation of a series requested by Mr. Edison. His maps are still in that roll, and I enclose herewith a list of them and request instructions as to their disposition. I doubt if they are of any particular use to him now, but should he want them I would he glad to send them along.

Things are pretty slow here now and I am getting restive again. If you hear of any good job floating around, don’t forget me. I wonder if Mr. Ford doesn't want a good associate editor on his new paper. (X) I think I could have the paper sujjressed within three issues, if they would publish some things I would like to write.

With kindest regards,

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Y/. H. Meadow croft,

Thomas A. Edison laboratory, Orange, B. J.



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Spain - Rio Bidasoa to Cape Penas.

Cape Penas to Pontevedra Bay.

Cape Pinicterre to Cape ot. Vincent.

Pas do Sud (Prance) to Cape Prior (upain).

Gulfs of iyons and Genoa.

Tyrrhenian Sea.

Sardinia to^ialta (including Sicily).

Mediterranean Aehipclago (northern aiid ^outhern sheets). Turl'ev in Asia - Rhodes Ial&nu to -

•.lalta to Cape Maleu, including the Ionian Islands.

Outline chart of Mediterranean Sea - (large one in 2 sections and small one ) .

Orkney Islands - northern portion.

Shetland Islea.

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England - South Coast. Dungenecs to the ,uw Dover Strait.

Calais to the fi. Schelde entrance.

England - Owers to Dungeness. ;1

Prance - Cape Levi to Peeump and ^ecump to .,oulocne.

England - Eddyetone to Portland and Portland to Owers.

The Channel Islands and Adjacent Coast of iranc .

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Irevose Head "to hull Point.

England - Hew \iuay to Holyhead.

Great Orrnes Head to Liverpool. ot.Govens Head to Hew ^uuy*

Ireland - Slyne Head to liseanor Bay.

Liscanor Bay to Tralee Bay.

Valentia to Cork.

Ireland - larne to Bloody Poreland.

Horn head to Hath 1 in O’Birne.

Rathlin O’Birne to Downpatrick Head.

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Achill Head to Slyne Head.

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Scotland - IThurso Bay to Ilorth llinch, and Lewis, with Sule Skerry, Ron a a Cape Wrath to i’lannan Isles.

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France - Pte. d'Arcachon to Pte. de la Coubre.

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Bourgneuf to I. de Croix.

Prance - He d'Ouessant to Plateau des Roches Bouvres.

20. Scotland - Soutor Pt. to Aberdeen England - Blalceney to Sunderland.

January 24,1919

Mr. J. J. Butler,

General Board Hoorn,

Department of the Wavy, Washington. D.C.

My dear. Mr. 'Butler:

I find on receiving yonr letter of January 22d that I did not acknowledge the receipt of the mans and Bulletins. They came promptly. But I must confess to carelessness in not having written yon a note of acknowledgment and thanks. However, I send you our thanks, although they are much Belated.

I showed your letter to Mr- Edison so that I could get his instructions about the charts and maps which he had placed on the chart roll in Admiral Dewey' s old room. His comment was not extensive, and I will repeat them in tote "Tell Butler I won't need the maps until the next War". 'nuff said?

I' have not heard Mr. Edison say anything more about going down to Washington. He has been awfully busy on some special experiments which he is hurrying to finish before he goes on his trip to Florida next month.

This morning T had an idea thst I would remind him of his proposed trip to Washington. Tf I can got a chance later on in the day I shall do it.

T shall bear you in mind if anything good turns up that will be suitable for you. Yon already know something of my opinion of you, so you may rest assured that it will have to he something worth while. I have no doubt or your ability to carry out your threat if yon were appointed Associate Editor on Mr. Ford's new naner.

With kindest regards, T remain,

Yours sincerely, -

A/ 6385 .

promt She Commandant, TMrd linvnl district.

I'o •. Oonu:mndin3 Officer, US3 UAUQhl, (S.P. 249)

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squadron .2, ffiilrd JJaval difltriat i’orao.

2. You will proceed with the vosool -under your oomauncL

to hnvy Yard and report by tolophono to ShoB.A.Kdiaon or hie roproaontatlvo for experimental duty and will receive from tho UB3 SACHjJi (C.i5. 192) Buoh equipment aa he may aireot.

g. The OSS HAUOhl (S.P. 249) iD hereby aeoignoa to

Thoa, A. £ ilia on for oxperiaentnl duty.

4. The US 3 EAUOlI (S*P. 849) will obtain supplies from

tho -no&root supply station, i't

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January 31,1919

Hoar Admiral G. ]J. Burd ,

Havy Yard,

Brooklyn,' N.Y.

lly dear Admiral:

Mr- Edison wishes me to advise you that he desires to h' ve some changes made in the. devise which was recently comnleted at the Y.;rd finder the direction of Mr. H. G. Y/olfe.

This letter will he ?iven to Mr. Wolfo to , hand to you. and ltr. Edison will he obliged if you will kindly facilitate the work as above. '

« Ypurs very truly.

Assistant to Mr. Edison.

•Enclosure. ,


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1:1 Pahk How. Nuw York.

January 31 ;

Ur. W. H. Maadoworoft,

Edison Laboratory,

Orange, N. J

Dear Sir:

Ur. Robins ie not in the office and oannot write this letter himself, but he asks i to send you the enolosed with the request that show it to Ur. Edison, as he wants the benefit of Ur. Edison's criticism before he finally oommits himself to thiB recommendation.

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THOMS ROBIHS Jan. 33, 1919.

Since submitting my former statement I have become convinced that the mere reorganization of the Naval Consulting Board will not accomplish all that is needed. No mere Consulting Board whether Naval or civilian would in itself have great weight, and the connection of such a body with the various Bureaus would not produce the harmony and efficiency whioh would lead to success, nor could such a weak and loose jointed arrangement as such a connection would afford measure up to the opportunities which are afforded by the developments of scienoe and their application to the Navy.

The need for practical participation of scientists in Naval development has been realized in Great Britain, where during the latter part of the War a scientist was placed as an advisor in the office of the head of each Department. The results of this plan encouraged the Admiralty to extend it, and recently there has been appointed a Scientific Assistant to the Chief of Staff, in whose hands are placed all resear oh and experimental wcrk, whether problems of pure scienoe or management of experimental laboratories for the development of devices applying to communication, torpedoes, search light, radio, anti-sub marine work and other similar activities.

As the British plan would not exactly suit the organization of our Navy Department X beg to submit the following suggestion, its relevance to this discussion lying in the fact that it would furnish a single branch of the Service to which the Naval Consulting Board would logically be attached: -

An additional Bureau in the Navy Department to be orea ted by Act of Congress to be known as the Bureau of Research and Development .

This Bureau to have the supervision of all scientific, research and development activities of the Navy, either taking oharge of them or coordinating them to such extent as may be deemed advisable.

The Bureau to receive appropriations of adequate funds for the development of instrumentalities and devices which arise from its own activities or which are submitted to it from other sources.

The Bureau to have charge of the Research and Experimental Laboratory of the Navy, and to have the power to attach to itself such civilian scientific bodies and individuals as may be desired.

The Secretary of the Navy to have the power' to assign to duty with this Bureau such officers and enlisted personnel as may be required in the performance of its duties.

The Chief of this Bureau to be appointed from civil life and to be given the rank, pay and title of Rear-Admiral.

In the meantime, the emergency for which it was created having come to an end, the members of the Naval Consulting Board should place their resignations in the hands of Secretary Daniels.

February 4,1919...

Mr. Thomas Robins, Secretary,

Naval Consulting Board of tho United States 13 Park Row,

New fork, K.Y.

My dear Robins:

Your letter of January 31st was received. .

What you propose would never produce results of any value. hike tho Navy Department of every Government, their experimental facilities produce no results because they never have the right kind of men to properly man them.

An Experimental Laboratory to be a success mu3t be operated entirely by civilians and come under tho direct control of tho Socretary of the Navy, who seems to bo the only civilian in the outfit, ti'o’ Naval Officer should have anything to do with it. Their business should be operotion, not creation.

The Secretary of the Navy would have at his command tho highest grade technical men in the Country, men of great attainments who have come to the top in the commercial struggle due to mental capacity and long experience.

Annapolis produces only students who immediately onter for life into a system that takes away every incentive by which, superior men can. advance.

. As there soems to be no hope of changing this system, my conclusion is that the Naval .Consulting Hoard should be dissolved and the Members resign.

Yours very truly.



Havsl Cowswiawe Board



OnANOE.Tf.iI. February 4,1919.

Mr- Thomas Rohins, Secretary, Eaval Consulting Board of the 13 Park How,

New York, N.Y.

United States,

Hy dear Rohins:

Your letter of January 31st was received. 'hr^G.^ir-A



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The relationship Trei'^een each Na^al office); and some political Godfather is close r^^ ^i^gen&yal^/sjjS89^-- From the time when the politician ^y toave procure Ahs^of fleer 's appointment to Annapolis until one of them r«&re? there is likely to be a oonstant interchange of support andjgtfrt£aie8 . The combined strength of the closely knit union of the officers and their political backers would be opposed to any plan whioh would lessen the importance of the Bureau Chiefs or reduce the amount of money or the patronage at their command.

I would therefore favor a plan whioh while in the nature

of a compromise and in itself less desirable, would have a better ohanoe of being adopted. I am not even sure that for practical purposes I did not go too far in suggesting that the Chief of the Proposed Bureau of Research and Development be appointed from civil life. That will probably arouse great opposition, although it is the practice followed in the Bureau of Yards and Books.

The object in my mind is to improve conditions in the Navy, and X don't think that there would be any improvement if we were to suggest a plan which would have no ohanoe of being adopted. The story of your own experience with the Naval officers is the big trump card which is yet to be uncovered in the contest between scientific progress and Naval pigheadedness . I hope that you will produce that card at the moment when a clear-out issue hangs in the balance so that it can be definitely settled by the immense weight of your knowledge and influence, for politically you are an enormous latent power. You are like a loaded sixteen inch gun. Your charge should not be wasted on shooting a rabbit or by being

fired aimlessly into the air.

Let us arrange a definite issue of such a character that its opposition can consist of nothing but prejudice. Got it before Congress and then arrange for an Interview with you which will reach the entire public and through them Congress. With such a shove, the scheme would be pushed through as irresistibly as your six foot rolls handle a five ton rook. Whyjotjftilise your ^own kinetio energy in thiB way?

February 8,1919-

From: Thomas A. Edison, Orange, H. J.

To: Commanding Offioer of U.S.S. E-3., ICoy ’flest. Fla.

Sub joet : Heoommendat i on of Paul D. Payno.

1. Paul D. Payne, Chief Eleotrloian, was dotai.lod by the Davy Department on or about August 14,1918, to assist me in some special- experiments for the Secretary of the Horry, and pincje- that time hos been working here in. Orange, under my direction.

2. Payne has told me that since September 1,1918, he hn'3 been eligible for permanent appointment as Chief Sleotricinn. On account- of his being engaged on his present, attached duty ho has not had an opportunity, to toko the examination.

3. T understand that it will bo of assistance to

Payne in this connection if I certify, which I nov tuke pleasure in doing, that his work hero has boehi very satisfactory. '

(signed) Thos. A. Edison.


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February 11,1919.

Ur. Thomas Hobins, ’Secretary, Naval Consulting Board, New York, H.Y.

.Dear Hr* Hobins :

Your letter of February 3th wa3 handed to Ur- Kdison. It arrived, only a short time before he left yesterday to 50 to -Florida.

He made the following pencil note on your letter, so I will quote it, as follows:

"Robins: T think that Congress, as well as the civilian Secretary of the Navy, are very much in favor of a purely civilian laboratory. Consross knows of the abuses and it is uowerless against the Bureau Chiefs', and I feel sure that they would bo deliarhted with a club, nearly every Congress has had one or more of their friends and supporters turned down by the Navy buroau in past years".

Of course, you rsalir.e that there wa3 no time to out this in the shape of a letter so that he could si s:n it, but the above would have been the . substance of. the letter.

Yours very truly.

Assistant to Ur. Kdison.


Feb rua ry 20 ,1919.

Hear Admiral W . Strother Smith, U.S.I!.,

Hnvy Department,

Washington, D.C.

My dear Admiral:

Allow me to hand you herewith our Laboratory bill for experimental work done by Mr. Edison covering a period, ilovember 30th, 1918. to January 31st, 1919, at cost, amounting to ,;3,072.70.

Thi3 bill is sent in duplicate, cer¬ tified to by Mr. Edison.

When the oheol: is read;/, you can for¬ ward it to me as usual.

. fours vory 'truly.

Assistant to Mr. Edison.


Hon. Hewton I). Baker. .

The Secretary of War,

* Washington, .h.C.

My dear Mr. Secretary:

Allow me to hand you herewi th our laboratory hill for experimental work done by Mr. Edison covering a period, ilovomber 30,1910, to January 31,1919, at cost, amounting to ^1.451.95.

This hill is sent in duplicate, certified to by Hr. Edison.

When check is ready, you can forward it to me as usual.

Yours very truly.

Assistant to Mr. Edison.


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OF THE UNITED STATES . I ^ ! ~ y J \t>

Dear Ur. Edison:-

I have prepared the enolosed memorandum ex¬ pressing my ideas in brief form as to the future of the Naval Consulting Board.

I believe the statement is perfectly logical, and the course advised to be perfectly proper and con¬ sistent.

JonvInieK reach, all of whom have agreed to it without any argument .

Messrs. Saunders, Thayer, Robins, Addicks and Hutchinson.

Will you please reply at your early conven¬ ience lettlS MtaoS If I may also express your oon- ourrenoe.

Any previous statement you ie no bar to oonourrenoe with the one I enclose.

Yours sincerely,

Member Naval Consulting Board.

Mr. Thos. A. Edison,

West Orange, N. J.


Iavai Cwsmmro Board



Whether the Hcival Consulting Board shall regain in existence or not io a oattar for determination by the Secretary of the Bavy and not by tin Board itself.

If he dboideu to continue the Board's existence, *8 believe ths reslGa-»tlon of all newbore of tho Board should bo placed In his hands, no th it Iso any bo free to reoonotltuto the Board with a personnel which may or Kay not Include the present aosr.boro.

lie believe oast experience dictates that if the Board is to be continued, a precept uuat be prepared, in i/hich its statue sad relation to other branches of the service are defined, and its duties, liaitations, end manner of functioning distinctly cat forth.

We believe that ouch precept should bo preparod by a joint Board composed of Saval of f Icoro, and re¬ presentatives from the pro sent aosborahlp of the ifavnl Consulting Board and be subject to approval by ths Secretary of tha tlavy.

Unless eons ouoh aouroo la followed, it scotso to uu Inevitable that friation, confusion and failure to further the best interests of the aorvioo will continue in the future.

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February 24, 1919.

Edison Laboratory,

Orange ,11. J.


The Bureau of Ordnance, Uavy Department, Washington,

D. C., in its letter Ho. 32242 of February 19, 1919, directs that 750 lbs. of explosives belonging to the Havy Department and now at your Laboratory be delivered to this Ammunition Depot.

Please deliver this material to bearer, H. Gordon.


' in Charge.


February 26,1919.

Mr. Edward B. Hurley,

United States Shipping Board,

Washington, D. C.

Dear Mr. Hurley:

Your letter of February 20th to Mr. Edison has been received in his absence. He has gone down to his Winter home in Florida to tale a vacation.

I have looked up the letter which you wrote to him on March 18,1910, enclosing some correspondence relating to a bydro-oarbon converter invented by Mr. William T. Cutter, of East Lyme, Conn., and take pleasure in returning these papers, herewith, namely, letter of Mr. William T. Cutter, dated January 20,1918; lithograph picture of the Beach Oil Electric oar; copy letter .of - Franklin D. Roosevelt to Hon. Frank B. Brandegee, dated March 8,1918, and originel letter of Hon. Frank. B. Brande¬ gee addressed to j/ourself under date of March 14,1918.

. In order to have our files complete I will

be very much obliged if yop will kindly have your Secre¬ tary acknowledge receipt of these papers.

Yours very truly.

Assistant to Mr. Edison.

Enclosures - 4;


3 fini~c fc'V-,, i have teen informed by the Bureau of Ordnance

rj. that Dr. Silver's services have been completed and I otCi'r, -f0rwara you a oopy of a letter addressed to Dr-. Silver

0r.v directly at the Jones Point laboratory, Jones Point, H. Y.

I , I am glad to see that his services have been so highly r,J '7- appreciated.

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. I am preparing a chapter for the Historical

/ Section of the Navy Department on the services of the Naval ( Consulting Board and of course, Mr. Edison's, for publi- : cation. If I could get from you a brief description of ; the work that he has been doing, I would be very glad to I have it, or, if you think it advisable, I will try to come : up and go over the matter with you. I have all the rest of the work in very good shape.

Please let me know what Mr. Edison’s and your views ar.e on the subject.

With kindest regards, I

Mr. Wm. H. Meadowsroft Edison laboratory Orange , New Jersey.





Pel). 81, 1919

Subject: Servioes to the Bureau Sir:

Upon the completion of your experimental work with Hexamethylenetetramine, the Bureau wishes to ex¬ press its appreciation of the industry and ability with which you have prosecuted this work. The following is quoted from a letter from the Inspector of Ordnance in Charge of the Naval Ammunition Depot, Iona Island, N. Y. :

"The thorough and efficient manner in which Dr. Silver has handled the work entrusted to him and the cheerful and untiring efforts he has displayed in working out the problems which the Bureau from time to time has assigned to him.

The Inspector takes great pleasure in recommending to the Bureau the exceptionally sterling qualities which he has found embodied in Dr. Silver both as a chemist and a citizen."

The Bureau is glad to add an expression of its appreciation of your efforts to that of the officer quoted above .

VeTy truly yours.

( SGN) Ralph Earle

Hear Admiral U.S.N. Chief of Bureau.

Dr. Bruce R. Silver Chief Chemist Jones Point laboratory Jones Point, New York.









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