[These lettters were edited in May 2013.]
These documents consist primarily of letters from Theodore Edison to his mother, Mina Miller Edison, written during the summer of 1909 while he was attending Camp Pasquaney in Bridgewater, New Hampshire. Also included are a few letters from Theodore to his father, Thomas Edison, and to his siblings, Madeleine and Charles. Included is correspondence regarding plans for Mina and Thomas to visit Theodore in camp. (They visited only once, for two days in mid-July. Other planned visits discussed in the letters were subsequently canceled). The letters also mention camp traditions such as Water Sports Day and the Long Walk and camp routines such as the ice-cold spring bath that the campers had to take every day. Edward S. ("Mr. Ned") Wilson, founder and director of the camp, and Edward W. ("Mr. Teddy") Jackson, assistant director, are mentioned in some of the letters, as well as Marshall ("Mr. Barty") Bartholomew, who chaperoned Theodore and other campers from the New York area on the train trip home.
Other topics mentioned in the letters include Theodore's efforts to get a replacement lamp and battery for the searchlight that he received as a birthday present and broke shortly afterwards; the health of Thomas Edison and his work on the disc phonograph; and a fire in Llewellyn Park that damaged the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. Remington Nichols. There are also numerous references to Theodore's pet, Snowy, as well as to the ducks, chickens, and other animals at Glenmont.
Letters written by Mina Edison while Theodore was attending Camp Pasquaney can be found in the Miller Family Collection, Oliver Archive Center, Chautauqua, New York. Courtesy of the Charles Edison Fund.