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Thomas Alva Edison Autograph Note Re: "Germ Plasm", Showing Admiration for a Young Girl's Poem


Written on the transcription of a poem by a young girl to President Theodore Roosevelt. Near fine condition.

One of Thomas Edison's associates, William H. Meadowcroft is impressed with a young girl's poem honoring the life of Roosevelt. Beneath the poem, Meadowcroft writes a note to Edison and receives a response,

"Mr. Edison, isn't this fine for a little girl poet, 13 years old. She is the granddaughter of our good friend, F.A. Whiting, the enthusiastic disk phono 'fan'. -Meadowcroft."

Edison, equally impressed, writes in return vertically in pencil along the left edge of the poem:

"April 1919

Some girl! It's in the blood capacity for high mental action accompanies the germ plasm although it is denied.

-Edison"



The poem written the by the young girl to President Theodore Roosevelt:

WHERE BANNERS WAVE

(To Theodore Roosevelt)

CLEAR-EYED, CLEAN-SOULED, INTENSE AMERICAN!

YOU LIVED YOUR NOBLE LIFE, A NOBLE MAN:

AND O'ER YOUR RESTING PLACE BESIDE THE SEA

A THOUSAND FLAGS RESURGE IN HARMONY.

A THOUSAND FLASHING BANNERS OF THE LANDS

THAT HONOR YOU...FROM EGYPT'S WASTING SANDS

TO WHERE NORWEGIAN MOUNTAINS LIFT THEIR SNOWS

TO CATCH THE LAST TINT OF THE SUNSET GLOWS

SOUL OF THE NATION! WHY WERE YOU CALLED THAT HOUR,-

YOU WHO WERE SIMPLE, LOVED DESPITE YOUR POWER!

AND NOW, WHEN DAY IS DONE, ABOVE YOUR GRAVE

WE SEE A THOUSAND MYSTIC BANNERS WAVE!

Catherine Parmenter

March 1919 :::::::::::"

Roosevelt died earlier that year (January 9, 1919). Though this beautifully written poem shows great creativity and command of the language we have not been able to determine additional works by Miss Parmenter as it does not appear that she pursued a career as a poet.

William Henry Meadowcroft (May 29 1853-October 15 1937) Born in Manchester, UK was the secretary of Thomas Edison and author of several books, including The ABC of Electricity (1888).

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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Thomas Edison Autograph Note Re: "Germ Plasm", Showing

Estimate $800 - $900Oct 02
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Westport , CT, USA
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