[D8848ACM], Letter from George Parsons Lathrop to Alfred Ord Tate, June 27th, 1888


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[D8848ACM], Letter from George Parsons Lathrop to Alfred Ord Tate, June 27th, 1888

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"Wiman wants to know at once wheter any arrangement can be made for Amusement Phono. His man, Baldwin has just written to me; and I have written to Edison by this mail. ### I shall be in N.Y., on my way to Gettysburg, Friday afternoon and evening, and shall stop at the Murray Hill Hotel (41st St. & Park Avenue). Can you not bring me there, some decisive word from Edison? If he will make a definite contract with me, and let me close one with Wiman, I will attend to raising the money to pay for the machines. Wiman will pay a percentage on gross receipts, beginning at 30% and running up to 50% according to rate of receipts. This percentages can be divided up between Edison, Gilliland, the Phono Co., and the other parties in interest; so that all will share the same as if they held stock in a company, and without any of the bother and cost of running a separate company. If nothing is done, now, probably the Graphophone will get hold of Wiman and grab the field. It seems to me it would be a great mistake to let them do so. It would injure Edison, Gill., and the Ed. Phono. Co., and would also be throwing away a business which can bring in from $1000 to $5000 cash per week. ### Please make an effort to get at something definite and either see me at Murray Hill Hotel Friday P.M., or get a note to me there with full information. ### I want to see you also about the proposed book. Have heard from Clemens. ### I leave for Gettysburg, Sat'y, 9 A.M." Sincerely yours, G. P. Lathrop









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