[D0231AAC], Letter from William Joseph Hammer to Thomas Alva Edison, April 26th, 1902


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[D0231AAC], Letter from William Joseph Hammer to Thomas Alva Edison, April 26th, 1902




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


Letterhead of William J. Hammer, Consulting Electrical Engineer,
1400 Havemeyer Building,
26 Cortlandt St.
New York,
April 26th, 1902.
Thomas A. Edison, Esq.,
Orange, N. J.
My Dear Mr. Edison:-
Mr. Bradfield, Mr. Marconi's chief assistant in this country, called on me yesterday in regard to your patent No. 465,971 on Transmitting Signals Electronically, and said that after seeing me on April 18th he had called to see their attorney Mr. Frederick H. Botts; and that Mr. Betts had said that while the patent did not show the air gap and was not a hertzian wave patent, there were features of importance in this patent and that he should recommend the purchase of the same by the American Marconi Company.
Mr. Bradfield had already told me that he would communicate at once with the English Company, but Mr. Betts said this was not necessary as it was a matter for the American Company to consider.
I had suggested to Mr. Bradfield the advisability of giving prompt attention to this as there were other other parties considering the purchase of said patent; and he told me yesterday that he thought the matter would be brought up before a board meeting on Monday, and that he would communicate with me as soon as the Company took some action.
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[TAE Marginalia] I will call to see you about this and other matters early next week, and will also bring over with me the various papers which I took from your files for use in the Siemens' case, and which I have just secured from the Board of Patent Control.
Hoping to see you very shortly, I remain,
Yours very truly,
[W. J. Hammer?]
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