This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the Legal Dept. of Thomas A. Edison, Inc., and to the administration of Edison's legal affairs. Many of the documents involve Delos Holden, general counsel of the Legal Dept., and Conover English of the Newark firm of McCarter & English, which often provided legal services to the Edison companies. The selected items include a request for money from Charles F. Stilwell, a former Edison associate and the younger brother of Edison's first wife, Mary Stilwell. There are also documents concerning the case of Edison v. Continental Chemical Co., including correspondence from Francis W. Jacobs, a potential witness who had been involved during the 1870s in the manufacture of polyform, a medicinal formula that Edison had tried unsuccessfully to patent.
Less than 10 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected items consist primarily of Jacobs's repeated requests for payment for his help in the Continental Chemical Co. case and Holden's continuing rejections of his requests. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.