[D8805AFQ], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Thomas Alva Edison, August 21st, 1888


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[D8805AFQ], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Thomas Alva Edison, August 21st, 1888

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[phono quantity] "I enclose record of Lamp Test today. ## At the Phonograph Works they have the first full line (No. 1) of shafting belted and running and 25 toolmakers at work. They are delayed on the other lines for want of pulleys hangers and benchlegs from the Machine Works. All the other work is going ahead in good shape. ### The model phonograph will be put together tonight and ready for test tomorrow. (Wednesday). ### Ott says the men on the 20 phonographs will begin assembling on Friday. It looks as though they will finish just outside their time limit. ### I find that the total labor on these 20 machines is going to amount to about $900--- or $45.00 for each instrument. ### Fully half this time has been spent on tools in addition are all high priced men- The cost in the Phonograph Works, when we commence there, will be away below these figures-I should say material and Labor will come somewhere in the neighbor hand of $15-within a dollar one way or the other. ### I have received today two phonograms from Gouraud---chiefly gush-the only reference to business as follows under date 11th inst:- 'I shall answer your last long cable regarding the number of Phonographs I shall require as soon as I have had the opportunity of talking with Gilliland.' ### Mr. Edwin [unclear] Fox asked me to send you the copy of his letter 18th inst. Attached. He has written you under separate cover." Respectfully, A.O. Tate "phono quantities"




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