[D8850AAR], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, February 23rd, 1888


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[D8850AAR], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, February 23rd, 1888

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"I understand from Gilliland you conclude these will have to be made here, as indeed I think you always expected. He also says that machinery may be sent with Hamilton for that purpose. If possible, please do it, so we may have a more certain supply, and presumably more economically than when transported from America in bulk. Please send all details relating to manufacturing. ### Are there no patentable devices in the machinery you are making for the manufacture of phonograms? I think there must be. You are aware that in several European countries in order to avoid invalidating the patents already applied for, it is [unclear] that we manufacture in those countries. This must be carefully looked to, and such being the case, it seems no time should be lost in putting in hand the duplicationof all machinery necessary for manufacturing the phonograph complete, --such as you may finally decide on for use in America. I am satisfied what with the practical machine which you say you have now accomplished, that the magnitude of his business is illimitable, and even without patent laws making it necessary, it would be necessary to manufacture on this side to meet the demands and exclude competition, which would otherwise spring up at all points. The moment you say the word, I will find the necessary money for establishing one or more manufactories, as my be necessary. I should first establish ourselves in France, which is the center of Europe; and your position in the profits of manufacture shall be adjusted to your entire satisfaction in every way. In this connection, let me again remind you of your promise not to forget me when you settle the capital of your American Manufacturing Company.for which I use [unclear] find in which or in point terms which cannot fail to be satisfactory." Gouraud




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