[D8704ADR], Letter from Gardiner C Sims to Thomas Alva Edison, October 17th, 1887


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[D8704ADR], Letter from Gardiner C Sims to Thomas Alva Edison, October 17th, 1887

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[Letterhead: Armington & Sons Engine Company] Someone handed me the NY Star article of Oct. 15 entitled "Edison's Phonograph." It recalls our pleasant association and experiments of June-Sept. 1881; it should also recall to you my inquiry re: your phonograph as to whether you intended to continue your experiments, perfect it, and make it a commercial success; you answered that you would not do so then "as it would remain your undisputed property and invention with undivided honors as long as it remained unproductive from a pecuniary stand point."###"You were indeed right . . ."###A recent Electrical Review mentions without naming it one of your new inventions, and notes you do not intend "to bring it out for some time. The object of the delay being an opportunity for your imitators to anticipate you if possible."###Nearly two years ago at a (beef steak) dinner at the Hotel Normandie, you asked me to write down your remarks. "Here they are, 'Dec. 19th, 1885--8:30 P.M. Edison, Gilliland and Sims dining at Hotel Normandie. Edison gave an account of how he intended to obtain additional patents different from his original intentions purposely to draw out Edward Weston copies and appropriates Edison's inventions.' "###"Does the Electrical Review refer to the invention you had in mind that evening?"




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