[D8905AAQ], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Alfred Ord Tate, Thomas Alva Edison, January 29th, 1889


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[D8905AAQ], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Alfred Ord Tate, Thomas Alva Edison, January 29th, 1889

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My Dr Edison, I am under promise to give Mrs J. Hood Wright a helping hand in a big fair which she is holding in [Pottier & Hyman's?] building for the benefit of a Hospital fund which she & her friends have undertaken to raise--C.A Cheever has promised me the loan of a Phonograph and a young man to operate it. I am also going to show you Chalk Cylinder Telephone & am going to do it in a novel way never before attempted--I want to make a regular old [thing?] Edison Affair of it & shall hope to meet with my usual success.##The affair opens on Monday next--the phonograph is all right--except that you may have something which you would prefer my showing to anything which Cheever may have--##What I can't quite get at is the telephone--you will remember I had TWO extra made--& selected--I loaned them to some one--I think a [Norceste?] party & I can't now recall his name. I am in search of them--should I fail have you not a couple of good receivers which you would loan me? I propose to get a couple of long distance transmitters & put them in the attic--Supply two good telephonicts[?] to read dialogues [going etc?] so the receiver placed on Opposite sides of the room will talk to each other The transmitting operation being in the same room will of course converse as if actually talking to each other--hencce the receivers will appear to be so doing--I then want if possible by employing large [tunnel?] HEARD the Telephonic conversation & consequently sit down & hear it repeated--I think this is feasible from what I have heard of your new Phonograph--If it is--I will have the newspapers full of it--I will write squibs for the reporters.##Now do you feel like giving me a lift--If so & you can suggest anything else that would be attractive that is distinctively Edisonian I should be glad--and you know I will employ it to the best advantage. Yours Very Truly E H Johnson##My Dr Tate-- Do me the faor of reading this to Mr. Edison & writing down for me at once his reply. I have so little time in which to get ready that I want to know quickly what I can depend upon--Tell E I am lighintg the fair with Edison Lights. 250 of them. I pay in [personalty?] the cash except for current E.H Johnson




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