[D8848ACH], Letter from Ezra Torrance Gilliland to Thomas Alva Edison, June 20th, 1888


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[D8848ACH], Letter from Ezra Torrance Gilliland to Thomas Alva Edison, June 20th, 1888

Editor's Notes

"Concerning the exhibition of the Phonograph in Boston I desire to make an explanation. By your instructions, I promised to make the first exhibition of the Phonograph in Boston, at the Institute of Technology, and at the very urgent solicitation of some of the prominent members of the Electric Club, I promised to make the second exhibition at their Club House. Upon opening up communication with the Institute of Technology I found that they had closed for the season and do not open until next Fall. We therefore considered that arrangement off and the Electric Club people assumed that the promise to them held good and announced the thing as per the enclosed circular. I immediately wrote them to say that no exhibition would be made of the old machine and that the new apparatus would not be ready by that time. They were very persistent and brought a great deal of pressure to bear and I promised that when the new instruments were out, we would make an exhibition at their club and that I would use my best endeavors to induce you to be present on that occasion, and with that understanding they let me off. Some of the most prominent people in Boston had signified their intention of being present, among them Phillip Brooks and the Mayor, Forbes, Bowditch and many others whom I can't remember, and when the time comes round I think that you ought to try and run over, as a little recreation would not do you any harm." Yours very truly, E.T. Gilliland




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