[D8850ADK], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Edward Gouraud, October 1st, 1888


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[D8850ADK], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Edward Gouraud, October 1st, 1888

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[Marked "Private" "(Original sent)/"] "Treadle machine perfect; photo sent; new indenting material elegant; 200 times turning off. Hard, black; no chips to dirty machine, falls as a fine powder into closed chamber, not like the box sent on the six. Mailing problems solved perfectly, no boxes &c.. You will drop dead when you see it. Music now audible in largest room and perfect (only got these results yesterday). Treadle machines costs little more than motor machine. New three pint battery last twelve hours constantly turning off. Articulation better and louder. Scratch less on new material. Have nothing to do with Gilliland or Tomlinson; lawyers will take hold of them on return; bad job, cheated and deceived me most horribly. Expect first phonographs for shipment 20th October or thereabouts. Portugal is the patent you took out that kills us. Very bad job. Last patent is most important, contains new transmitter and receiver that work on cylinders that wobble and run out true 1/16 of inch. Knocks graphophone out in this respect. Taintor started factory Bridgeport. Make for U.S. and foreigns; second hand machinery. Taintor not practical man; don't know how make cheap. Wont be ready for three months; meantime you can flood the country. Don't be troubled in least about Edmunds blowing about engraving. Look close at paragraph in my 2nd English patent, where I state, wax may be recorded on directly, but as point cloggs up prefer cover with foil under conditions old phono that is true used waxes too soft; graphophone wax was only got hard enough to prevent clogging by great amount experimenting. Very hot weather here caused it to even clogg badly. Can furnish you transmitters which will indent without cutting if you want; results just as good" (Signed) Edison




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