[D8848ABX], Letter from Ezra Torrance Gilliland to Thomas Alva Edison, June 6th, 1888


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[D8848ABX], Letter from Ezra Torrance Gilliland to Thomas Alva Edison, June 6th, 1888

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"Mr. Pulitzer of 'The World' sails for Europe on Saturday, to be gone several months. He is exceedingly anxious to have a Phonograph with him in Europe. Mr. Cockerill has written me a letter on the subject, and Mr. Coulter, the assistant manager has called several times. There is no doubt that this would be a great card for us and they have said to me that we would lose nothing by complying with his request. ### I have spoken to Col. Gouraud and he appreciates the importance of the matter and is willing that it should be done if possible. I did not encourage them to think they could get one on Saturday, but said that we could probably arrange to have one very soon thereafter. Mr. Coulter explained to me, that Mr. Pulitzer would take a man with him competent to manage it and so that if we can get a good machine, there is no doubt but that he will make it work successfully. I need not dwell on the value to use of the free advertising we would get if this thing is carried out. ### Please do the best you can in the matter and give me at least a letter of encouragement that I can show them." Yours very truly, E.T. Gilliland [Marginalia: "Write Gilliland + tell him that I have promised Mr. Villard + Dr. Siemen of Berlin one + that I will furnish Mr. Pulitzer one, and I will send a goodman who will deliver the phonoghs above mentioned + well divide his time between Mr. Villard + Mr. Pulitizer so they may be enabled to give dinner parties etc. + exhibit the phonogph-all that I ask is that my expert shall always be present to work it himself-I will be able to send these in about 3 weeks answer if satisfactory." E]




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