[D8849ADF1], Letter from Thomas Bernardr Connery to Thomas Alva Edison, 1888


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[D8849ADF1], Letter from Thomas Bernardr Connery to Thomas Alva Edison, 1888

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"I answered your letter of the 6th of June on the 11th of July and I wrote again on the 1st of August without having received up to date, any answer to my two letters, by which I informed you of the difficulty of obtaining patents of invention both for the phonograph and phonograms. ### To day I have the pleasure of enclosing the Decrees of the President of the Republic in the 'Diaro Official' of the 12th inst granting exclusive privilege for ten years for both inventions. ### The enactment of both decrees without having received here the patents which I asked you in my last letters is owing to an act of benevolence on the part of the Mexican Government who by so doing have gone out of the usual course hitherto followed in granting patents in favour of foreigners, for inventions made in foreign countries. ### As you will se in both Decress, in order to benefit of all the rights of the patents it is necessary to pay 150 dollars in (recognized) current value of the Public debt, for each one of the patents, the said value varies from 34 to 40 % not knowing why you did not answer my letters and fearing that for some reason or other your Company have changed their mind with regard to the patents in this country I shall wait your answer to this letter before disbursing the above sum." Yours etc.





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