[D8805AFB], Letter from Edward P Thompson to Thomas Alva Edison, July 26th, 1888


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[D8805AFB], Letter from Edward P Thompson to Thomas Alva Edison, July 26th, 1888

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"Among twenty patents issued to me and as many more allowed or pending there are two containing respectively the claims below, which are being considered by another party at present. I have already sold two of my patents and the inventions are in daily use. I am not in a position to make you an offer, but an offer from you will receive consideration. If you think the claims are desirable to possess, and if your offer (which may be in stock of the parent Edison Co/, and able to so manage affairs that you may have them. I want it distinctly understood that I do not promise you to sell them to you at any figure. But if I could know at once you figure, I could possibly and probably be able to remove a certain restraint now binding me to another party. This other party have certain options for a certain period, and have emphatically reported that they at once want the patents, but that the optional price set upon patents expires shortly, so that if you could at once make me an offer, good until October 11th, 1888, and if it were above the optional figure you can see how and in what direction I would be inclined in setting upon a price with the other party.### I have no other patents just at present in a similar hurry, but will have in the course of a few months. ### I put the claims, and remarks upon another sheet, accompanying this. I may add that I did for over a year patents you will notice that they are merely the foundation for the claims." Yours respectfully, Edward P. Thompson "P.S. It is of the greatest importance that it should have your action as soon as possible--also I cannot promise to wait for you, but will try to." E.P.T. [TAE marginalia: "Say can't use it" E]





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