[D8847ADK], Letter from Franck Zeveley Maguire to Thomas Alva Edison, November 29th, 1888

Item

Abstract

"The matter of subscriptions to the stock of the Illinois and Indiana Phonograph Co. will soon be accomplished and satisfactorily to all hands. The marchine has made a great sensation here. I take the liberty of stating (as I trust you are thoroughly aware of my desire to see the Phonograph annihilate the other machine) what has been my observation concerning the opinions of hundreds who have seen the two machines in operation. Without exception eery one prefers the phonograph for the results it obtains but the adjustment scares them. We cannot induce them to believe that they can in an hour or two become familiar with the adjustment and I trust I have reached that point where I can in all frankness say that an automatic adjustment for records and reprocer is essential. Do this and your phonograph will be used to the exclusion complete of the other. If an automatic adjustment requires radical changes and a lesser degree of perfection in reproduction it is my opinion it should be made. My idea is that an automatic adjustment is the most important matter to which you can now give your attention. ### I will be in New York next week and have some things to say which I cannot well write." Yours truly F.Z. Maguire

Date

1888-11-29

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

D8847ADK

Folder Set

D8847

Title

[D8847ADK], Letter from Franck Zeveley Maguire to Thomas Alva Edison, November 29th, 1888

Microfilm ID

124:247

Publisher

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