[D8905AAR], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Alfred Ord Tate, January 30th, 1889



My Dr Tate-- Please Convey to Mr. Edison my cordial thanks for the handsome manner in which he comes forward in the matter of the phonograph & telephone & please also accept for yourself any appreciation of your [promptacy?] & courtesy in the matter.##Now to Business--The enclosed [from?] Cheever shows what [Ike?[ is willing to do. I shall get his [Mrs?]/ Also in case of accident. But shall depend upon yours. I want Monday Evenings [opening?] be good or the invincible [Cheever?] will open the Ball. Many big [guests?] will be present--Do I understand that I must wait for the PHONOGRPAH as well until after the Phila lecture?=also I will depend upon Cheever entirely for Monday night=##Telephones-- I will get along Monday night without the Telephone unless I am meanwhile get mine. I have written to Dr. Ray[meaton?] at Worcester Mass Whom I loaned them asking for their immediate return, but I get no reply as yet## [Operator?]-- I want any good [operator?] you may be able to send me. Either for the Phonograph or the Telephones I will pay all expenses & a liberal compensation to them for their services--##Records-- All records of any kind that will serve to interest people are of course invaluable and will be highly appreciated--especially anything sensational, as the object of this Fiar is to attract & get pennys--Of Course we must have a message from Edison himself among other things=##Now you understand the [situation?] so you will kindly designate the proper person to gather up himself & the apparatus as soon as it is available and come to me, HERE I will inaugurate a campaign--Has Edison anything else in the laboratory that would excite the astonishment of Mr Alliston [400?] scientific respects?--##I should like to hear. However lecture Ill guarantee it ever an interesting your friend, Edward Hibberd Johnson









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[D8905AAR], Letter from Edward Hibberd Johnson to Alfred Ord Tate, January 30th, 1889

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