[D8805AAI], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Henry Villard, January 19th, 1888


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[D8805AAI], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Henry Villard, January 19th, 1888

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"I have been so busy getting my Laboratory in order that I have not had time to take our matter up. ### I send you some data which you can read over. I should like to see you for a couple of hours either at your house in the evening or if it would be more convenient should my much like to have you come over in the afternoon before dark and see what a fine laboratory I have, bring your wife and stop for dinner or stay all night would be better still." Yours, [signed] TAE ## [5 pgs enclosures follow] "I understand from Mr. Tomlinson that you prefer a partnership say for 5 years and go in on everything except Ore Milling, Phonograph (not? mfg), Telephone and Electric Light. We to divide even on inventions. You pay all experimental expenses and own half of the inventions. If we sell the inventions outright to others we share equally. But if you furnish money to manufacture you get 30 percent ( 30 percent and 40 pct goes to the money of the profits. But in case of the Phonograph I get 40 and you 60 of the manufacturing profies as I have mostly paid the experimental expenses. ## Cost laboratory buildingsLands adn fixtures about $90,000. Cost of machinery and supplies $90,000 Total cost estimated when all complete $180,000. Running expenses estimated $60,000 yearly of the amount the following will probably be paid for experiments yearly: [figs follow for various mfg concerns, along with more details of proposed contract]





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