[D8751AAI], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, November 30th, 1887


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[D8751AAI], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, November 30th, 1887

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"I know with great care all you say about obtaining applications, and shall follow your wishes completely. It is an abominable state of the patent law which makes it necessary to take such precautions, but I see the importance of it to the American patent; but I submit to your consideration, and to the consideration of those who are interested with you in the American business, that but for the effect upon the American patents, I should naturally take out the Ruorpean patents only for the short times, thereby deferring the subsequent payments until it might be necessary to protect the patents of each country on its own merits; consequently to do what you ask me to do,--and what I do cheerfully at your request,--I feel entitles me to some consideration from the American Company. I shall be satisfied with such consideration as you can obtain for me under the circumstances, and I know you have it in your power to deal with this matter, because I know the old company is bound to take just what you choose to give them; and as, from the figures you gave me, or were given me by others when I was there, I see that you were very properly reserving a very substantial share in the new American Company for the new contribution, and for taking them into the thing at all. ## I feel certain from the fair and liveral interpretation which, in our long association, I have frequently seen manifested, that you will see the point I make, and take care of my interests, as I certainly intend to take care of yours. I shall be glad if you will write me a special letter on this subject, and at once, as in order to comply with your request, I shall be obliged to make provision for a considerable sum, which would otherwise be unnecessary. ## I hope no time will be lost in getting out these foreign applications. As regards the German patents, to show you that I am fully alive to all that you say, I promise you to send to Berlin someone whom I can implicitly trust to carry out my instructions, or take it myself. ## CONSEQUENTLY PLEASE CABLE me, and charge someone to do this who is sure to do it promptly, the name of the steamer, and the date of her sailing from New York, on which the German patent application is posted, so that I can either myself have someone leave with the patent as soon as it arrives, or go personally, thus enabling me to make no mistake as to time, and to probably save several days."






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