[D8104ZBT], Letter from Joshua Franklin Bailey to Thomas Alva Edison, June 30th, 1881


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[D8104ZBT], Letter from Joshua Franklin Bailey to Thomas Alva Edison, June 30th, 1881

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"Mac was in a hurry to get hold of a forfeit that was subject to a favorable opinion of [Illegible proper name?] and after that on my failure to merit such opinion. The cable givin me the number of the patent to submit to [Same name] was sent from New York the 2d June & reached me the 3d in London. I was willing to stand a [illegible] punishment for the most stupid blunder I ever made in my life & therefore offered 20 [is the zero crossed out? See original] shares of [unsure--E.L.?] and to go through with payments as I had understood them, this I considered good pay for 18 days delay. The confirmation of fact that I acted in entire good faith Saportas will tell you from [illeg.] he has letter from me written 28 May, telling him to sell E.L. shares for me to pay the $5000 "first of June," which letter he couldn't have received before the 10 June. It was a curious case of an erroneous impression at the moment of sending my first cable about the business, and which governed all my subsequent mental operations in connection with it so far as I also was concerned. It could not have continued except for my unsettled, hurried life between London and Paris since my return, which hasn't allowed my sitting down to any constructive work. I suppose the 50 shares have been returned in accordance with cable to that effect. Yours very truly J. F. Bailey"





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