[D8846AAH], Letter from Dyer and Seely to Alfred Ord Tate, February 14th, 1888


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[D8846AAH], Letter from Dyer and Seely to Alfred Ord Tate, February 14th, 1888

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"We have your letter of the 13th inst enclosing a letter from Col. Gouraud of the 26th ult., which letter we return. There is no such thing as filing a provisional specification in this country as there is in England, applications for patents are made here by the filing of the completed specifications and drawings at once. Unlike England, however, the patent does not bear date until after the application has been passed upon by the Patent Office and the patent is actually issued. The inventions covered in the papers we sent to Col. Gouraud are included in Mr. Edison's applications in this country Nos. 741 & 742, which were filed Nov. 26, 1887. Mr. Edison is well acquainted with the practice and should you require further information he can, undoubtedly, give it to you, or we should be pleased to do so if you let us know on what points you desire more detailed information. ### We have ourselves received a letter from Col Gouraud dated the 31st. Ult. In which he speaks of certain alterations made in foreign cases and says that he has written Mr. Edison about them. If not too much trouble will you kindly send us the paper showing the alterations so that we can take a copy of it and put it on our file to keep our record complete. ### Col. Gouraud also seems, from his letter to us, to be anxious to take further patents abroad; he mentions especially the multiplication of phonograms. We assume that the discoveries of Mr. Edison in wax compositions and in the method of making phonograms to prevent cracking and in details of the phonograph would also be of the highest value. We suppose Mr. Edison has this foreign matter well in mind and will instruct us when he wants anything in this direction done. However, since we understand the machine is to be put upon the market very shortly and it takes some time to prepare foreign cases, we would suggest that you call Mr. Edison's attention to the matter." Yours truly, Dyer + Seely





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