[D0204ABE], Letter from Herman Ernest Dick to Thomas Alva Edison, October 22nd, 1902


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[D0204ABE], Letter from Herman Ernest Dick to Thomas Alva Edison, October 22nd, 1902




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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University


Letterhead of Ore Milling Syndicate Limited.
4, 5, 6 & 7 Amberley House,
Norfolk Street,
London, W. C.
My Dear Edison:
I have just seen Stewart and learned one or two facts which I place before you.
I told him at [illegible] that I had no time to talk of anything pertaining to any [negotiations?] Mr. Jungner patents, as he did not care to consider them at any price.
He said that when Mr [Batters?] died Mr Wallace hardly waited for him to be [illegible] [illegible overstruck handwriting] before he came up to get the option on the Jungner patents which was held by the late Mr. Button. The estate gave him the option which has now expired with the stipulation that it was only to be alive in case arrangements could be made with you. He had no option to treat with anyone else.
Stewart also said that the General Electric [Comp's?] attorney here was Mr. Gordon's [brother?] who appeared for you before the patent office here. He said the General Electric were investigating the merits of the Jungner patents at this time. He also showed me a letter from a director of the Jungner company in [London?] authorizing Stewart to sell the English patent. He said he would do [meeting?] toward selling this patent as he wanted to get in the business in some way here as [illegible] as I got things moving. [illegible] I told him to get [illegible] & sell it & make what he could make of it. He broke down & the tears rain down his cheeks. He said that he was absolutely penniless and that his wife was ill & that he had pawned his cash things a few days ago to keep from starving. I gave him a five pound note for which he was grateful & [illegible] [illegible] to come and see me again before I left. The [illegible] loyalty to you & said he would go [illegible] before he would be a party to anything that might directly or indirectly injure you. I would keep him in tow indirectly for I might want to use him.
I also cabled that when [illegible] experiment [illegible] to cable [me?] result. I said at the board meeting that I don't [illegible] if it were possible to complete the work by the 17th [illegible] it should not take many days after. It would therefore be most arguable for me to be able to say something before leaving. With kindest wishes I am.
Sincerely yours
H E Dick
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