[D8848AAN], Letter from Franck Zeveley Maguire to Ezra Torrance Gilliland, March 10th, 1888


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[D8848AAN], Letter from Franck Zeveley Maguire to Ezra Torrance Gilliland, March 10th, 1888

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"You surely have misapprehended my position in regard to those copper cylinders. I have not the slightest interest in them in the world other than to give you people the benefit of all that is afoot here. I do not know that Jayne [?] can make a reproduction that will not be [unclear] but he says he can. ### Mr. Chas. Bell has been trying very hard to find out who wrote up the Capitol articles and asked Mr. Hudson if I did. This was answered in the negative. Chas Bell said to him later on the conversation that he (Bell) had no doubt but there would be a consolidation. Yet I know he means what he says. The fact of the business is that where is somebody trying to work up the consolidation business for them with Mr. Edison and failing in doing so is lying to these Graphophone people. I have a decided opinion that Painter is that man. He has not the best reputation in the world. For Heavens sake tell Edison to give this man a wide berth and impress it upon him. He is in a Graphaphone man beyond a doubt and their agent. I think the publication of the Elc. Review article here will have a very good effect. ### Now in regard to those young women that have been caught on Graphophone stock I respectfully suggets that you refer them to me. I have talked the matter voer with 2 lawyers who think they can recover. A number of witnesses can be found to my knowledge. If we can get this case ito the hands of Gen. P. Butterworth it is equal to the death of Graphophone. Several of the syndicate have told him there was to be a consolidation and he is "up" on the subject. Besides the Bell's tried hard to hurt him and he is very bitter toward them. ### I am sorry to hear that you are under the weather. You will also be sorry to hear that my little boy is still ill with no prospects of complete recovery for months." Very Sincerely Yours [no signature]




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