56 In the midst of this desperate search for funding Tesla was cheered by

56 in the midst of this desperate search for funding

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56 In the midst of this desperate search for funding, Tesla was cheered by visits with his friend Richmond Hobson. Having resigned from the navy and planning to run for Congress, Hobson spent much of 1903 on a nationwide speaking tour. Realizing that a credible candidate had to be a married man, Hobson had begun courting Grizelda Hull of Tuxedo Park, New York. Hobson’s courtship with Miss Hull was stormy; on the one hand, she idolized Hobson as a great war hero, but on the other hand, she regarded him as an insincere social butter fl y. 57 After seeing Miss Hull for a Christmas visit in 1903 , Hobson was strug- gling with his feelings and so he went to visit his old friend. As he told Miss Hull, Th e day closed in homesickness till I went to see dear Tesla. He kissed me on the cheek, as once before and when I left him at one o’clock last night, I felt prepared and ready for another year and for future years. Wh en at one time I referred to the great and trying obstacles that he was fi ghting against he said, “Hobson, I wish they were a thousand times greater, my only fear is that this world can not make obstacles as great as I need and long to meet.” It made me feel ashamed of myself almost. You will never hear me refer to obstacles again, unless in a thought of impotence to get at them and in de fi ance of their magnitude.
the dark tower © 355 And now au revoir, Grizelda, (won’t you let me call you Grizelda?) I am shoving o ff from shore. Th e horizon is misty[,] I can not see the land beyond. But my soul is forti fi ed.   .   .   . I have been with you and with Tesla. 58 Tesla, too, was forti fi ed by his visit with Hobson (Figure 15 . 3 ). In early 1904 he produced an elaborate prospectus announcing “that in connection with the commercial introduction of my inventions, I shall render professional services in the general capacity of consulting elec- trician and engineer.” Working as a consulting engineer, Tesla boasted to Morgan that he could easily earn $ 50 , 000 a year. Th e prospectus included a list of Tesla’s patents, quotes from his lectures and articles, and a photograph of Wardencly ff e (Figure 15 . 4 ). Printed on vellum paper and tucked in an envelope bearing a large red wax seal with the initials “N.T.,” this prospectus was regarded by the Electrical World as “a manifesto worthy of the original genius issuing it.” “It was hard work to get it up,” admitted Tesla to Scher ff , but he hoped it would attract new investors. Tesla asked Robert and Katharine Johnson to give him “a list of people almost as prominent and in fl uential as the Johnsons who desire to get into high society” so that he could send the prospectus to them. As splendid as this manifesto was, Tesla must have already been feeling discouraged, as he signed his note to the Johnsons, “Nikola Busted.” 59 And yet Tesla pressed on. To back up the prospectus, he gave several newspaper interviews and published a description of his work at Colorado Springs. Much to the Great Man’s cha- grin, Tesla openly acknowledged in this story that he was being supported by Morgan. He also announced his

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