[D8818ARM], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Parmly Olendorf and Fisk, August 14th, 1888


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[D8818ARM], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Parmly Olendorf and Fisk, August 14th, 1888

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Describes legal situation so that recipient can advise whether Tate can sign an affidavit "on behalf of the Edison Phonograph Company." # "At the time the tax bill against the Phonograph Co. was made up, the latter was actually engaged in the manufacture of phonograph apparatus in a factory which they rented at Bloomfield, N.J. and it was then the intention of the Company to continue the manufacture of phonographs either at Bloomfield or at Orange, in a factory either owned or rented by themselves. Later developments, however, changed the plans of this Company, and on the 28th day of October, 1887, they entered into a contract with TAE, granting him the exclusive right and license to manufacture the various inventions covered by the Letters Patent owned by them. TAE in turn transferred his rights to a corporation organized under the laws of New Jersey, and called the 'Edison Phonograph Works.' I enclose you herewith a copy of TAE's agreement with the Edison Phonograph Works…" # "I can execute the instrument submitted to me by you if I consider only the state of affairs which existed at the time the tax bill was made up by the State, but I do not see how I can execute it at the present time and should like to receive your advice." # "Perhaps if this affidavit be inconsistent you can prepare another which will conform more with the facts now existing, and at the same time accomplish the object which we have in view."




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