[D8805ACT], Letter from Eadweard Muybridge to Thomas Alva Edison, May 12th, 1888


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[D8805ACT], Letter from Eadweard Muybridge to Thomas Alva Edison, May 12th, 1888

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"I have this day mailed to you address of catalogue of the plates [?] of animal locomotion. ### If agreeable to you, I should prefer for you to make a personal selection of the plates for copy, if however you cannot spare the time to do so, I will gladly relieve you of the trouble if you will kindly return the enclosed blank marked with the qualities of each respective class of subjects you require and I which my judgment in the matter will meet your approval. Since you found me with a demonstration of the capabilities of your marvellous phonograph I have thought much and earnestly of its destined place in our every day life. Some ideas with regard to conveying the sounds from a piano or other musical instrument have suggested themselves which however I have no doubt you have long since tried and rejected as impracticable, but I will venture to remark that if you devote a little of your genius to the construction or adaptation of a piano, you will soon succeed in inventing one which will serve your purposes more effectively than one in which the necessity exists for conveying the sound by means of a wire connected with the frame work. I trust to you some nature not to consider me [unclear] and am yours faithfully." Eadweard Muybridge [Includes a subscriber card] [Marginalia: [Tell them to make the selection for me"]




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