[D8850AEX], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, 1888


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[D8850AEX], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, 1888

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"I am much obliged for your cable explaining what you have done with regards to selling rights in America. I think I understand the position now perfectly--the main point being that you have landed $100000-$500000 in cash and that you reserve the right to manufacture to the Edison Phonograph Works Co. ### The Daily News's New York correspondent cabled that you had sold all your rights to a rival company - the Graphophone. I corrected, but the Daily News refused to publish my letter, proferring to believe the statements of this correspondent, to either your statement or mine. ### The extract from the Daily News having been widely copied by many papers throughout England there was nothing left for me to do, but to write to each of these papers explainign the exact facts which I have done, and I expect in time, that they will publish my corrections. ### I was delighted to receive the cable announcing the departure of the new machine or appliances for this machine, we don't know which yet, two or thre days ago. We shall look forward to its arrival with great expectations. A short letter from Payne tells us, in the main, what the alterations are that you have made and it looks as through really you have made great strides beyond what we have here. ### We did not get here one minute too soon with this Phonograph, as you probably have appreciated through what you have since learned as to the movement of the Graphophone people. The fact of your voice being the first voice heard by your own invention, in Europe while your body was in America was the great saving and that my letters explainign the circumstances have been copied, literally world wide, so that the Graphophone must take a second place whatever they may do, but I believe it will take a second place from very different reasons, even to that. ### The newspaper "Inventions," received a stereotype plate and wood cut of a 3 or 4 column article by Tainter from the "Electrical World," which I understand they have published, that is the "Elect. World." "Inventions" will not publish it. Tainter talks an awful lot of bosh, in my opinion, I told the "Invention" people so and they have dropped it, still there will be a good deal said about Graphophone I have no doubt. I venture to say, that never was so much got out of the press of any country, or the world I may say, as we have got already, showing it to only 10 or 12 people at the outside." Good by, God Bless You and Good Luck Gouraud.
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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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