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WILLIAM HIRAM RADCLIFFE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/18/1896 - HFSID 35367

WILLIAM HIRAM RADCLIFFE The author of Telephone Instruments relates his successful speech in letter to friend, signs name in black ink Autograph letter signed: "Will" in black ink. 6 pages, 5x8 folded, 8x10 flat. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. April 18, 1896. Written on Theta Nu Epsilon letterhead.

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WILLIAM HIRAM RADCLIFFE
The author of Telephone Instruments relates his successful speech in letter to friend, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: "Will" in black ink. 6 pages, 5x8 folded, 8x10 flat. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. April 18, 1896. Written on Theta Nu Epsilon letterhead. In full: "Your welcome letter received the first of the week and I should have answered it before, but have been extremely busy with hour exams - not books and this morning my thesis was due - You out to have heard your old Grandpa expound it at the Engineering Conference. The subject was "Overhead and Underground Transmission of Electricity" and although modesty forbids me going into details I can not help saying that I received the first applause that has been given this year. I can now say that the hard work of the year is over and from now on, will be nothing more than one grand long loaf. In other words, will follow the "summer schedule" I made out last year about this time and sent you. Now, my dear, without keeping you in suspense any longer will say that although I would a thousand times rather spend my time with you, have made several engagements for the coming week which would be impossible to break, at this late day. Hope this will reach you in time, so that my not coming will not interfere with your next term's work. Hope also that my dear little sister is entirely over the aches and pains which were troubling her at Easter. What a disappointment that must have been for you. The day was perfect around here that is, in Boston, and I thoroughly enjoyed my "strut" on Commonwealth Avenue. So you will not use purple ink anymore, just because Percival made that remark. No I didn't think anything Percival said would phase you the least bit but I see I was wrong in so thinking - You asked me if Percival was very observing or the ink very conspicuous. I think the former, inasmuch as he always gets the letters at the door before I am up and brings me mine; and really he is a shark at it; knows just which ones to wake me up for, and just which ones not to. In fact has the matter down to a cold thing, and I don't know what I would do without him think I would grow thing from loss of sleep. So Alberta has a brother too. How nice - and does he have a brother's privilege? By the way, you brother wants to if he and his sister are twins, and if not, what? Seems to me you once told me your birthday came in May. Is that correct? Think if that is the case we could easily be called twins. What is your opinion on the subject? Now, my dear, I hope you will take better care of yourself in the future. Following are some of the rules prescribed by D. Dudley Sargent - M.D. for Good Health, and which your brother has found to work well. Do not eat more than six meals per day. Avoid Paris green, limburger cheese, blotting paper and sulphuric acid, as such foods tends to weaken the vital flows. Do not sleep with your fee on the pillows and your head under the bed clothes. It is far better to camp on the bureau. Be regular in your habits. If you stay out till sunrise one night, do not go to bed early the next, thinking thereby to make a decent average. Keep the good work up. In exercising, avoid such difficult feats as kissing the back of your neck or standing for a continued length of time on your left ear. You will only strain yourself and accomplish nothing thereby. Now don't Deta - don't or "you will pay for it all the next day". But stop! The fitful glare of the gas-light falling on the wan white face and thing trembling hands of the poor old clock warns me, if I would have this letter leave Cambridge tonight, it must be immediately posted. Hoping you may find time to write next week and thanking you for the kind invitation. I am, Lovingly yours". William H. Radcliffe (b. 1873) graduated from Harvard University in May 1896, and worked as an electrical engineer and professor. Radcliffe wrote Telephone Instruments, Their Operation, Arrangement and Management in 1913 and Home Study Course in Practical Electricity in 1916. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Light surface creases. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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