[D8544D], Letter from Richard Nott Dyer to Thomas Alva Edison, February 10th, 1885

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Abstract

Says the Western Union patent solicitor, Buckingham, asked him to push TAE to compromise in Hamilton v. Edison case, involving taking current from the commutator of a dynamo at two or more points. Edison had previously agreed to a compromise in which Hamilton was to concede priority and TAE would give a licence to Western Union for telegraphic purposes. At "the last moment" Edison refused the compromise "being (as I understood) out of sorts with Major Eaton just then and not caring to accommodate him especially." Since TAE had previously consented to terms Dyer had verbally accepted, Dyer argues TAE will be "morally harmed" if he does not follow through. Buckingham said he had the Bell Tel. contract but has been away from NY and has not, therefore, returned it to Boston. Dyer arranged for Buckingham to immediately return the contract in return for TAE signing the papers in the Hamilton matter.

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Date

1885-02-10

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

D8544D

Folder Set

D8544

Title

[D8544D], Letter from Richard Nott Dyer to Thomas Alva Edison, February 10th, 1885

Microfilm ID

78:486

Publisher

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

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