[D8749AAV], Letter from Richard Nott Dyer to Thomas Alva Edison, December 30th, 1887


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[D8749AAV], Letter from Richard Nott Dyer to Thomas Alva Edison, December 30th, 1887

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"I have Mr. Handford's letter of the 7th inst. with your request for our reason in making the change in sending two cases to Messrs. Harris & Mills rather than to Mr. Handford, also Mr. Johnson's letter to you on the subject. ## The two patents referred to are those on the pyro-magnetic generator and motor. Before preparing the English cases we had received the actions of our Patent Office here and had carefully examined the publications referred to by the Patent Office. We felt, therefore, that we were well acquainted with the state of the art and that no examination in England and revision of our papers was necessary. You know that we have formerly sent your cases to Mr. Handford for the purpose of having such an examination and revision made but in view of the particular circumstances we did not consider that this extra expense would be justified. After discussin the matter with you, you agreed with us and gave your consent to the sending of these cases to our regular agents. ## Mr. Handford some time ago refused to do this character or work for us and hence the cases could not be sent to him without incurring what we considered an unnecessary expense. Harris & Mills, with whom we have done business for years, and whom I have known in business for at least ten or twelve years, are careful and reliable men. We have always been satisfied with the services of Mr. Handford and believe him to be everything that Mr. Johnson claims for him. ## With regard to the Gouraud matter referred to by Mr. Handford, you know that Col. Gouraud had entire control of the cases and we did nothing more than send him the papers. Col. Gouraud never asked our advice about English solicitors and we never colunteered it. We can see no significance in the remark Mr. Handford states Col. Gouraud made to him. ## As our instructions from you stand at the rpesent time we expect to send future cases of your to Mr. Handford unless you generally or in some particular case instruct us not to do so. Mr. Handford has no read grievance that we can see; we fear that he is over-sensitive. The occasion, however, has not been without profit, since it has given Mr. Johnson the opportunity to indulge in some of his terse but groundless reflections on other peoples' motives."






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