[D8848AFP], Letter from Ezra Torrance Gilliland to Alfred Ord Tate, 1888


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[D8848AFP], Letter from Ezra Torrance Gilliland to Alfred Ord Tate, 1888

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"I want say to you and also ask you to request Mr. Edison and any other persons who would be likely to be approached by FZ Maguire (of Phila Washer) to have nothing to say to or furnish him any information concnering the Phonograph matters. ### I gave him a paper agreeing to give him the agency for Panama upon same terms as agency would be given to all other agents with distinct understanding that terms were not known or determined upon. He misrepresented to parties and by brining and sending them in to talk with me (not letting me know who they were) succeeded in deceiving them as to the value of his contract, and sold it out to others for a larger sum of money, and is now [unclear] all sorts of things, and claims to be able to prove all sorts of things, from corespondence of ours with other agents which was probably answers to letters sent to us by collusion with other parties. ### With above information I hope you won't fall into any traps he may cut for Edison as Edison no doubt feels kindly towards him, as I did, for his efforts to [unclear] Phono as against Grapho., but in light of facts now knows, it appears was wholly in his own interest to procure a customer for contract obtained from him by misrepresentation and for which he gave no consideration whatever." Yours truly, E.T. Gilliland
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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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