[D8905AJI], Letter from William Joseph Hammer to Thomas Alva Edison, December 8th, 1889


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[D8905AJI], Letter from William Joseph Hammer to Thomas Alva Edison, December 8th, 1889

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Dear Mr. Edison I enlose herein the receipt for the money paid for your marble statue called the "genius of Electricity" which I trust will give every satisfaction to yourself & others, I had some difficulty in getting it off and insisted before paying for it that I had the authorization from both the artist & the Italian Commission for [Slopanni?] to sell it I enclose these papers together with his receipt for 340 pounds & a triplicate Bill of lading I had one sent you [--] you should by the time this reaches you be in possession of the statue the sculptor wanted [------] hundred francs & after some delay I secured it (after the Expo) free on hand at Havre & [------] by experts for the sum of 1850 [francs? or 340 pounds which is about that sum it cost about 800 [francs?] to clear it pack it &c. so I consider you secured it at a very fair price.##I had also a fine album made for you for your laboratory office or home it consists of a fine selection of views of Paris of the exposition & your own display this has been already sent--& should reach you as soon as this letter does. I have secured my passage on the City of Paris which sails December 11-89 with kind regards to Mrs. Edison. [Mrs. DeMeyer?] & yourself & wishing you all a Merry Paris & a Happy New Year. I remain Very sincerely yours W.J Hammer [Enclosure]: Comite National Pour la Participation des Italiens Sold to William J. Hammer Esquire Rept of Thomas A. Edison Esquire the marble statue exhibited at the Universal Exhibition of Paris 1889=in Station Section--fine arts dept 298 pounds of our Cattalogue the Genie de l'Electricite by Signor A. Bordiga of Rome for the pricce of Fn 8500. 4 eight thousand fie hundred francs. The station & pedestal to be delivered free of all expenses to Havvre & will be sent through my forwarding agents Mss Michell & Kimbal Place du Marche St--Honore--Paris Undersigned Representative of Signor A Bordiga--officially chargedby Italian Comity declares herewith witht hanks, to have received to day the 26th of November 1889 from said William J. Hammer Esq the sum of frs 8500 is eight thousand five hundred francs on total payment of this sale. Paid on the 4th of december 1889 in London--with 340 pounds three hundred pounds [------] for Dec 4th correct W.J Hammer




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