[D8849ACF], Letter from Franck Zeveley Maguire to Alfred Ord Tate, October 24th, 1888


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[D8849ACF], Letter from Franck Zeveley Maguire to Alfred Ord Tate, October 24th, 1888

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"I send herewith contract together with some notes which I trust can be arranged for. Let me say concerning the Graphophone or any other infringing [unclear] that I have no regard for the above machine would fight it and have fought it regularly and Mr. Edison can depend upon it that under no consideration will I permit the sale of the Graphophone to rival those of the Phonograph in China and Japan. I realy must [unclear] that the price will not be put to the minimum until there is a necessity for it and until I have looked the field over in China. ### I am very anxious to obtain also the rights for China and Japan for the dolls and figures. I regard the business of great value and I can handle I should think thro. rhe agents and large houses over there to entire satisfaction. If Mr. Edison does not control the doll business for countries mentioned would he not be willing to favor me in obtainign said contract. I shall make the trip around the world especially to attend to the phonograph business and will be gone probably 6 months. Could not such territory as is adjacent to China and which could be handled better from that point be added to the contract. The Sandwich Islands are also on the way and would hardly pay to make a separate trip for. ### I make some considerable sacrifice in going to China from a business standpoint and I fear I cannot take my family along but my faith in the phonograph is great and I believe it will [unclear] than pay from the sacrifices I make in undertaking the trip. ### With the addition of these notes in legal form the contract would be highly satisfactory." Yours very truly, F.Z. Maguire "phono quantities"





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