[D8850ADZ], Letter from John Benjamin Verity to Thomas Alva Edison, November 6th, 1888


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[D8850ADZ], Letter from John Benjamin Verity to Thomas Alva Edison, November 6th, 1888

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[Marked "Confidential"] "In a former letter I wrote you, I mentioned about how Colonel Gouraud was pushing your phonograph in my opinion, more for his own private ends socially and otherwise, than anything else. ### I now write to ask you whether this phonograph business is absolutely in Colonel Gouraud's hands: my reason for asking this is, that I want to know whether I can do something in it for you. ### I again send you a list of the Directors of our Company, all well known men, and in one way and another, I have got in with several others of the most important financial men in the City at the present time, and feel sure that I could have got tgether a most powerful Company for working the Phonograph. The Graphophone is over here in London and my idea would have been to have got the two under one control in a big Company, to prevent competition and trouble. I don’t think speaking quite confidentially, that some of Colonel Gouraud's antecedents concerning the Telephone Co. etc. are favourable to his forming a powerful City Company, although his connection with the Phonograph may get him into good social circles. ### I should therefore be much obliged if you would let me know definitely, whether Colonel Gouraud has the sole and entire control of this invention. Or course I cannot do anything with him whatever and must also ask you not to let him know anything of this my private communication to you. ### Electrical work is going on briskly here now, and everybody will be anxious to see you in Europe next year, for the Paris Exhibition. ### Trusting you are very well, believe me," Yours very faithfully, John B. Verrity [Marginalia: "Ans Nov 30/88"]




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