[D8849AAG], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, February 29th, 1888


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[D8849AAG], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, February 29th, 1888

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"Referring to your letter of Nov. 8th, in which you state that Dyer & Seely under date of Oct. 31st '87 advise you that the original telephone patent, including the phonograph, is still in force in Belgium, France, Russia, Italy and Norway, --will you kindly inform me whether you have in your possession the patents in question, and if so, send them session, kindly inform me in whose possession they are, so far as your records show. The German patent, as you will remember, has long been the subject of correspondence between you and the Edison Gower Bell Co., and its whereabouts seem to be entirely unknown. I have ascertained from the German patent office, however, that it hs never been assigned out of your name. That is fortunate, as our contract with the Edison Gower Bell Co. only gave them our telephone rights; consequently, while we will not inform them that the patent in question contained the phonograph, if they ever require us to assign it to them, we will only assign them the telephone part. ### Please let this letter have the prompt attention which has recently characterised your correspondence. These patents will have to be in my hands, probably, sooner or later, and if the originals are sent it will save the trouble of making copies, which would also not so well serve the purpose." TAE marg:: "Tate see what you can do."]






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