[D8049ZBT], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Thomas Alva Edison, March 10th, 1880


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[D8049ZBT], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Thomas Alva Edison, March 10th, 1880

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"You are not quite `stiff' enough- a little assertion of your individuality just now would carry the day. Gouraud won't quarrel with you "but he will play the game of injured innocence if you show an inclination that way--You have him absolutely in your power-- He wants to build himself up at your expense...." Summarizes Bouvarie corresp with Gouraud. "Have you abrogated all your powers to Gouraud?" If not, can close matters immy; if so, use your influence to force compromise. If neither, amalgamation will be worse here than US or France. Gladstone certain to take power; Bouvarie invited to join cabinet and would be a champion for you. Present PO crowd would be kicked out. "Stop all your five senses by an overdose of Sawyer Morton DuMoncel et al and you will still be able to summon sufficient automatic muscular contractions to become conscious of the fact that your fame name glory power money or ought else worth the having is to be won & preserved" by current directors & lost by GG2. Called into court this moment in Silverton matter. Fr. 500 is either intended as PS or is a separate, undated letter. Just learned of cable rcd from you. "So much the better." Will tell Bouverie that you've conceded to their interpretation of the 5% clause, they should concede to TAE in matter of reversionary good will clause.




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