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    Thomas Edison Autograph Note Signed with Initial "E" on a letter from George Baker of the American Relief Association (ARA). Baker's letter to Edison is on ARA letterhead (8.5" x 11") and is dated December 28, 1923. It reads: "We are you herewith a document in Russian with English translation. There is so much charm in the Russian idea that in expressing appreciation to America, they must also express their love for you and Mark Twain..."

    Edison's note (written in pencil) at top reads: "Thank him for sending the communication. They will not forget Hoover very soon. E." Edison's note is likely directed to his secretary William H. Meadowcroft, who then sends the document and translation referenced in Baker's letter, along with a note to Mrs. Edison.

    The Hoover referenced in Edison's note is Herbert Hoover, who was chairman of the ARA, and was widely recognized for his tremendous contributions to providing relief for the starving population in Europe.

    The Russian document and translation referenced in Baker's letter are included. The document is a printed certificate of gratitude from the children of Christopol for the food they have received. It reads in part: "We like to read about America and we know that there were and still are many great men there. Particularly we love Mark Twain ad Edisson [sic]. The tales of Mark Twain... charm us. About Edisson we know that this great old man has made many ingenious inventions for the welfare of mankind."

    Baker's letter containing Edison's note is stapled between the English translation of the Russian document, and a handwritten note dated January 23, 1924 from Meadowcroft sending the "papers" to Mrs. Edison to keep as a souvenir. A wonderful grouping illustrating the iconic stature Edison had already achieved in his life time.

    Condition: All documents have toning, and a paper clip marking at top left. The English translation is on newsprint quality paper, and has light chipping along the right edge. The Russian certificate is unevenly toned and has a pencil notation on the verso, possibly citing the relief mission the certificate was received for.

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