[D8847ADL], Letter from Sylvester Baxter to Thomas Alva Edison, November 30th, 1888


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[D8847ADL], Letter from Sylvester Baxter to Thomas Alva Edison, November 30th, 1888

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"About three months ago you kindly informed me, through your secretary, that the Hemenway Southwestern Archaeological Expedition would have the privilege of two out of the first lot of phonographs ready for delivery. We now find that three will be required for the purposes of the Expedition; would it be practicable for you to let us have that number? If so, would you please forward the two to the addresses then given, and the third to me, as above? I trust that the instruments may soon be ready for delivery, as Mr. Cushing, who is now in Boston on a brief visit, is anxious to record, by that means, the important rituals of the new-year ceremonials of the Zunis. ### I have recently returned from a brief trip to Germany where I found a great interest in the phonograph. In the interesting museum of the imperial postoffice they have one of your old original instruments, and a high official of the department told me that they were anxious to obtain one of your improved ones at the earliest possible day, in order to consider the best means for making it a part of their postal system, which is the best and most progressive in the world. The telephone in Germany is entirely administered by the post department, and the service is admirable. ### My friend Mr. Gebhards, of Elberfeld, a leading and influential German manufacturer, spoke to me about an admirable man in Berlin to take hold of the phonograph for Germany, Mr. von Adelson, and at his suggestion I mention him to you; Mr. Gebhard says that any amount of references would be at your disposal. Possible you may deem it worth while to refer the matter to Col. Goueaud, who, I understand, has charge of your Eurpopean interests." Most sincerely yours, Sylvester Baxter




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