[D8847ABZ], Letter from Franck Zeveley Maguire to Thomas Alva Edison, September 5th, 1888


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[D8847ABZ], Letter from Franck Zeveley Maguire to Thomas Alva Edison, September 5th, 1888

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"I enclose a somewhat lengthy communication from Chas Stolpe, principal mechanic and for some time foreman of the graphophone laboratory. Stolpe says that he can furnish witnesses to the fact that he is the inventor of the paper cylinder. He also says he thinks he can prove conclusively that the mixture used on the cylinder was taken from him. It is asking a good deal to have you wade through this lengthy epistle, but it may be worth while to do so. I shall write Stolpe to day and have him get his witnesses on paper. ### It will certainly be very unpleasant to the graphophone people to have the statement get out, that they have stolen the paper cylinder, I am also satisified that it will worry them not a little, if the testimony of Stolpe's witnesses amounts to anything. ### You will notice that Stolpes says he is getting 45 cents per hour, that is what I understood from Tainter also some time ago, I will be glad if you will inform me when you would like to have Stolpe report for duty. ### I am very well satisfied with your proposition concerning China + Japan and will be ready for the trip the first of November. The lively discussion of the Chinese treaty by Congress and the President at this time is somewhat unfortunate. I am of the opinion, however, that a large business in phonographs will be done in both China + Japan. ### If you will cause a form of agreement to be drawn I will be glad to sign it." Yours very truly, F.Z. Maguire "P.S. I am very anxious to have a first class man go with me to China. It is very important that he should be of good address, and be able to exhibit the machine to the best advantage." [Marginalia: "Write Maguire say we will pay $4 which is highest we do pay." E]




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