This folder contains documents, primarily correspondence, covering a variety of subjects. Some of the material relates to personal matters. Documents that deal with more than one subject or that do not fall under the main subject categories are also filed in this folder. Among the items for 1898 are letters regarding Edward H. Johnson's relationship with Edison; a proposed letter to President William McKinley on behalf of the inventor, Oberlin Smith; and the accidental death of the British electrical engineer John Hopkinson. Also included are letters pertaining to the gift of a phonograph to long-time Edison associate Spencer Trask, items about William J. Hammer's search through Edison's records for documentation of electric railway experiments, and a brief note from Andrew Carnegie to Edison. In addition, there is a letter from Arthur W. Brisbane, managing editor of the New York Journal, enclosing a copy of "Edison's Conquest of Mars," a serial publication by Gerritt P. Serviss.
All of the documents have been selected except for those that duplicate the information in selected material. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.