[D8905ABG], Letter from Everett Frazar to Alfred Ord Tate, February 12th, 1889


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[D8905ABG], Letter from Everett Frazar to Alfred Ord Tate, February 12th, 1889

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Summary; Frazar regrets to inform Tate that Mr Miller had poor success in obtaining cylinder communications from the Japanese and Chinese Legations to their friends abroad, and he fears that Miller may not have pressed hard enough. Miller mentioned he might have occasino to go to washington again on Mr. Lippincott's behalf with both the Phonograph and Graphophone, and Frazar wonders if it would be better for Edison to send the expert they will engage to go to Japan for this Washington trip. He inquires who is best for the job and notes that a few young men are applying, though notes that Insull favors a particular one of English parentage, who has a good knowledge of electric light. Frazar suggests he be sent down to the phonograph works to learn about the workings and construction of the phonograph, so that he may, "WITHOUT DOUBT, be able to take the str. "Batavia" from Vancouver March 19th, LEAVING HERE on the 8TH." Mr. Lindsley is anxious for him to come. Frazar will draw up a memo as regards travelling expenses, salary, etc. for the expert and send them for any amendations by Edison. As soon as the expert is ready Frazar will make appointment to show the phonograph with the officers of the Japanese Club of NYC where a number of merchants, bankers and others meet. He then hopes to get cylinder records from the Consul, Manager of the Bank, merchants and other Japanese to their friends in Japan. BERLIN COMPANY Frazar trusts that Edison has promptly addressed the proposed letter to Mr. Villard to his Japan partner to convince that everything possible is being done about the Germans. He fears that siemens & halske Co agents are in Yoko, that Carl Rohde & Co have sent a positive order from the Japanese. He hopes that Mr. Villard will ccable the Berlin Co. to stop the order and get them out of Asian markets. [Name Mentions: Everett Frazer A.O Tate Insull Walter Henry Miller TAE Deutsche Edison Gesellschaft Lippincott Japanese Club of New York Niwas Siemens & Halske H. Villard Carl Rohde & Co. Churchill ]





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