[D8848AAU], Letter from Franck Zeveley Maguire to Ezra Torrance Gilliland, March 29th, 1888


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[D8848AAU], Letter from Franck Zeveley Maguire to Ezra Torrance Gilliland, March 29th, 1888

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"I have your valued favor of the 29th and note contents. I am glad to receive anyting in the shape of news from headquarters. Sorry for the delay in getting out the machines. I have given my consent to appear before the Franklin Institute on the 18th proximo and it would be a serious disappointment to them not to be able to do so. I am satisfied Gov. Morton would come over if the dleay does not extend beyond next Wednesday. I find out from Gen. Raum that Gov. Morton is one of the best men that could possible be found for the territory in question. He could be of great assistance in the fight which is bound to come with the Graphophone. I enclose you a copy of newspaper paragraphs in regard to the contract the Graphophone people have entered into. Could you not find out something in regard to business standing of Lippincott who has taken up the contract. I sincerely trust that you folks will not allow the fake to come on the market first for the reason that it will receive a large amount of publicity which should come to us and which we cannot get after the subject has been "written out." We will gain great headway by being out first. From what I can gather there are 200 Graphophones in New York City now. I trust you will give this matter serious consideration. ### Were you not gratly surprised at the Tainter letter. It thoroughly demonstrates to me that he is dissatisfied with the way the syndicate are acting and that he would be glad indeed to get out if he could. Bell is a party to the fraud for the reason he allows his name to be used as inventor and does not say a word although he is thoroughly aware that the deception is being practiced upon the public." Very truly yours, (signed) Frank Z. Maguire




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