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David E. E. Sloane Collection, New Haven, Conn.: Madeleine Edison and John Eyre Sloane Correspondence (1911)
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These letters are primarily from Madeleine Edison to her future husband, John Eyre Sloane. There are also letters by John Sloane, Mina Miller Edison, Madeleine's uncle John V. Miller, and various members of the Eyre family, whom Madeleine and Mina met during their tour of Europe. Included is correspondence relating to Madeleine's visit to Richmond in January 1911, where she met Henry Watkins ("Wat") Ellerson, a Virginia gentleman who quickly took a liking to her. Also included are numerous letters written by Madeleine during her family's tour of Europe (July-September). These letters contain descriptions of their itinerary and travel arrangements, Madeleine's impressions of the various countries she visited, and accounts of the activities of Thomas Edison and other family members. There are also references to a planned meeting with Madeleine's half-sister Marion Edison Oeser, which had to be temporarily postponed because of the death of Oscar Oeser's father; the marriage of her cousin Edith Edison to Frank Allen Potter on July 29; and the sudden death of her uncle Robert Anderson Miller three days earlier. In addition, there are humorous anecdotes about Edward A. U. Valentine, a New York World correspondent initially regarded as a nuisance, who eventually endeared himself to the Edison family; and an account of the automobile accident in Germany that resulted in the death of a young boy and the brief detainment of the Edison family.

Madeleine's travel letters, as well as others written before the trip, are replete with self-analysis and contain extended comments regarding her relationship with John. There are numerous remarks concerning religion and Madeleine's misgivings about marrying a Catholic—feelings that were intensified after one of John's aunts, a Benedictine nun, tried to convert her to Catholicism during her visit to London. Other topics discussed in the letters include Madeleine's attitude toward her father's rivals in the phonograph business; the efforts of John Sloane to find employment; and the health of Madeleine's grandmother, Mary Valinda Miller, who suffered a fall in December from which she never fully recovered.

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Document Count: 75
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(Blankenship, Georgia; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE opinions and prejudices; Travel (TAE and family); Literature; Social customs, norms, values; Health and medicine
Edison-Miller family; Social customs, norms, values
(Sloane, Alice Mary, (Mrs Arthur Anderson); Blankenship, Georgia; Walton, Florence Louise; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Social customs, norms, values; Health and medicine
(Shriver, Maude (Mrs Harry T.); Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Social customs, norms, values; Phonograph
(Ellerson, Henry Watkins; Morgan, John Pierpont) Edison-Miller family; Social customs, norms, values; General economic and business conditions
(Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Social customs, norms, values; General economic and business conditions
(Woman's Club of Orange) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation
Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Literature
Edison-Miller family; Travel
Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays)
Edison-Miller family; Theater
(Edison, Thomas Alva, Jr; Edison, William Leslie; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE opinions and prejudices; Religion and spirituality
(Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Religion and spirituality
06/05/1911 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre -- Telegrams and Cables
(Lansden Co; Bryn Mawr College; Beach, Ralph Hamilton) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Lick Observatory; Sloane, Alice Eyre (Mrs T. O'Conor); Mills, Robert Doremus; Dennis, Helen, (Mrs Jack Ewing); Merrie Masquers; Edison, Theodore Miller; Campbell, William Wallace; March, Natalie) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Newspapers, books, other publications; Ships, yachts, and other vessels
Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Ships, yachts, and other vessels
(Monnot, John Ferreol) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Sloane, Alice Eyre (Mrs T. O'Conor); Kingsley, Charles; Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); Travel (TAE and family); Social customs, norms, values
Edison-Miller family
(Clark (Edison Family Chauffeur); Edison, Theodore Miller) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Social customs, norms, values
(Columbia Phonograph Co; Victor Talking Machine Co; Sloane, Alice Eyre (Mrs T. O'Conor); Easton, Edward Denison; Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE opinions and prejudices; Travel (TAE and family); Competition and market structure; Labor
(Camp Pasquaney; Bryn Mawr College; Edison, Theodore Miller) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Labor
(Eyre, Mary; Eyre?, Sister Kathleen; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Travel (TAE and family); Religion and spirituality; Health and medicine
(Walker, Esther; Oxford University; Eyre, Edward; Eyre, Elisa Ainsworth (Mrs Edward)) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Education; Social customs, norms, values
(Sloane, Alice Eyre (Mrs T. O'Conor); Miller, Mary Valinda (Mrs Lewis); Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Social customs, norms, values; Health and medicine
(Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Social customs, norms, values; Automobiles and trucks
(Christian Herald; Vogue (Magazine); Sloane, John Eyre) Edison-Miller family; Labor
(Eyre, Mary; Eyre, Edward; Edison, Madeleine; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Schenck, Henri) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Literature
Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Automobiles and trucks
(Schenck, Henri; Eyre?, Sister Kathleen) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Religion and spirituality; Social customs, norms, values; Automobiles and trucks
(Cozzens, Marie Christine; Schenck, Henri) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Religion and spirituality; Newspapers, books, other publications; City-urban; Automobiles and trucks
(Sloane, Alice Mary, (Mrs Arthur Anderson); Edison, Charles; Edison, Edith Clarissa; Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Marion Estelle; Oeser, Karl Oscar; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Potter, Frank Allen; Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; TAE opinions and prejudices; Travel (TAE and family); Religion and spirituality; Labor; Health and medicine
(Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Health and medicine
(Edison, Charles; Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Williams, Arthur; Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Travel (TAE and family); Literature; Social customs, norms, values; Labor; Health and medicine
(Eyre?, Sister Kathleen; Eyre, Edward; Eyre, Elisa Ainsworth (Mrs Edward); Edison, Madeleine) Edison-Miller family; Religion and spirituality [Cover Document and Attachment]
Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Religion and spirituality; Newspapers, books, other publications [Attachment/Enclosure]
(Eyre, Edward; Edison, Madeleine) Edison-Miller family; Religion and spirituality; Newspapers, books, other publications [Attachment/Enclosure]
(Edison, Charles; Edison, Marion Estelle; Oeser, Karl Oscar; Edison, Thomas Alva; Kipling, Rudyard) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Literature; Automobiles and trucks [Cover Document and Attachment]
(Edison, Charles; Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; Travel (TAE and family); Literature; Health and medicine
(Edison, Charles; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Monnot, John Ferreol; Butler, Nicholas Murray; Valentine, Edward Abram Uffington) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Race, religion, ethnicity; Newspapers, books, other publications
(Rumbough, Stanley Maddox; Colgate, Elizabeth Morse, (Mrs Stanley Rumbough); Edison, Charles; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Monnot, John Ferreol; Edison, Thomas Alva; Valentine, Edward Abram Uffington) Edison-Miller family; TAE opinions and prejudices; Sports, leisure, recreation; Travel (TAE and family); Newspapers, books, other publications; Social customs, norms, values
Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); Travel (TAE and family)
(Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Astor, John Jacob; Williams, Arthur; New York Edison Co) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family); Religion and spirituality; Labor
(Laucon, Louise X; Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE opinions and prejudices; Travel (TAE and family); Labor
(New York World; Edison, Charles; Edison, Marion Estelle; Oeser, Karl Oscar; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Oeser, Hermann; Edison, Thomas Alva; Valentine, Edward Abram Uffington) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; Travel (TAE and family); Deaths and funerals; Religion and spirituality; Newspapers, books, other publications; Social customs, norms, values; Labor [Cover Document and Attachment]
(Jerome, Jerome Klapka; Edison, Charles; Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Thomas Alva; Valentine, Edward Abram Uffington; Kipling, Rudyard) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; Travel (TAE and family); Race, religion, ethnicity; Newspapers, books, other publications; Literature
(Ellerson, Henry Watkins; Edison, Charles; Edison, Edith Clarissa; Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Marion Estelle; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Potter, Frank Allen; Edison, Thomas Alva; Valentine, Edward Abram Uffington) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; Travel (TAE and family); Newspapers, books, other publications; Reforms
(Monhegan Island (Maine); Edison, Charles; Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Marion Estelle; Oeser, Karl Oscar; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva; Valentine, Edward Abram Uffington) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); TAE personality and character; Travel (TAE and family); Newspapers, books, other publications; Health and medicine
(Edison, Charles; Edison, Theodore Miller; Oeser, Karl Oscar; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva; Valentine, Edward Abram Uffington) Edison-Miller family; TAE opinions and prejudices; Travel (TAE and family); Race, religion, ethnicity; Military
(Edison, Charles; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Paderewski, Ignace Jan; Edison, Thomas Alva; Caruso, Enrico) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; Sports, leisure, recreation; Travel (TAE and family); Religion and spirituality; Music; Public relations and public opinion; Health and medicine
(Clark (Edison Family Chauffeur); Edison, Charles) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Oeser, Karl Oscar; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva; Valentine, Edward Abram Uffington) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; Travel (TAE and family); Newspapers, books, other publications; Public relations and public opinion
09/16/1911 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre -- Telegrams and Cables
Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Cozzens, Marie Christine; Rumbough, Stanley Maddox; Colgate, Elizabeth Morse, (Mrs Stanley Rumbough); Edison, Edith Clarissa; Edison, Theodore Miller; Sloane, John Eyre; Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays); Accidents, fires, explosions; Automobiles and trucks
09/18/1911 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre -- Telegrams and Cables
(Miller, John Vincent) Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
(Clark (Edison Family Chauffeur); Edison, Charles; Miller, John Vincent; Edison, Theodore Miller; Edison, Marion Estelle; Oeser, Karl Oscar; Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.); Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; Finances (TAE and family); Travel (TAE and family); Deaths and funerals; Crime and justice; Accidents, fires, explosions; Automobiles and trucks
09/23/1911 Edison, Madeleine to Sloane, John Eyre -- Telegrams and Cables
Edison-Miller family; Travel (TAE and family)
Edison-Miller family; Celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, holidays)
(Edison, Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.)) Edison-Miller family; Sports, leisure, recreation; Travel (TAE and family); Health and medicine
Edison-Miller family; Theater
(Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co; Ellerson, Henry Watkins; Miller, Robert Anderson; Miller, Mary Valinda (Mrs Lewis); Miller, Lewis Alexander) Edison-Miller family; Deaths and funerals; Literature; Health and medicine; Aviation
Edison-Miller family; Newspapers, books, other publications; Accidents, fires, explosions; Aviation
(Miller, Mary Valinda (Mrs Lewis); Miller, Lewis Alexander; Edison, Thomas Alva) Edison-Miller family; TAE personality and character; Travel (TAE and family); Health and medicine