[D8848ABC], Letter from Ezra Torrance Gilliland to Thomas Alva Edison, April 23rd, 1888


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[D8848ABC], Letter from Ezra Torrance Gilliland to Thomas Alva Edison, April 23rd, 1888

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"I enclose a clipping from the Washington "Capitol," which Maguire sends me today. I have ordered some of the copies and will place them where they will do the most good. ### I sent out to you today, with a letter of introduction, two young men who are going to act as agents for the sale of the Phonograph in the West. Mr. Gaston is a brother of Daisy Gaston, Mr. Marsg has been his partner in a business in Chicago where they have had great success, acting as agents for the Carbolic Smoke Ball Company. They managed this business exceedingly well, netting them from fifteen to eighteen hundred dollars per month, and they have sold out their interest to the parent company for ten thousand dollars. This gives them plenty of ready capitol. They are exceedingly anxious to get into the business. Please get your school room in good working order for as soon as I notify the other agents that we are ready for business, we shall have a large lot of them. All of these parties will have an employee; a practical man, who will be educated thoroughly in the handling of the machine, but acting on your suggestion, which I think an excellent one, we will endeavor to have every person having anything to do with it, thoroughly instructed in the management of the machine." Yours very truly, E.T. Gilliland [TAE marginalia: "OK E"]




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