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CHARLES P. STEINMETZ - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/16/1897 - HFSID 71903

CHARLES STEINMETZ. TLS: "Ch P Steinmetz" in dark pencil, 1p, 8x10. Schenectady, N.Y., 1897 June 16. The electrical engineer whose works with alternating currents helped usher in the electrical age in the U.S. writes as head of the calculating department of General Electric to Mr. A.H.

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CHARLES STEINMETZ. TLS: "Ch P Steinmetz" in dark pencil, 1p, 8x10. Schenectady, N.Y., 1897 June 16. The electrical engineer whose works with alternating currents helped usher in the electrical age in the U.S. writes as head of the calculating department of General Electric to Mr. A.H. Moore of Berlin Germany, about the contract of employment of a Mr. Zani with Moore's company. Steinmetz had emigrated from Germany in 1889. He writes on stationery of General Electric Company, which had formed only three years earlier, in part: "I should judge and recommend that Mr. Zani should stay with us here for about six or eight months, perhaps somewhat lesser time; although I believe that your company will be best served by not hurrying the date of his sailing for Europe...Mr. Zani should be in the employ of your Company already during the time he is still with us, since obviously when staying here to collect the information required for his duties with your Company he would not be much at the service of our Company...." Steinmetz's first book, Theory and Calculation of Alternating Current Phenomena, was published the year of this letter. The book was beyond the comprehension of all but a few American electrical engineers, and Steinmetz developed and taught his advanced ideas to others at General Electric. Usual folds, none affecting signature, slight surface creases, writing in ink and crayon by recipient through portion of the bottom of the "z" in Steinmetz, else fine example on early G.E. letterhead.

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