[D8946AAZ], Letter from William Joseph Hammer to Thomas Alva Edison, April 6th, 1889


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[D8946AAZ], Letter from William Joseph Hammer to Thomas Alva Edison, April 6th, 1889

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Received your cables requesting me not to exhibit the phonograph in Paris prior to Gouraud's lecture and requesting me to deliver to phonographs to him and lend him assistance in his Muendon lecture. He need not have asked you to instruct me as 1st I had promised him I would not and 2nd I had loaned him the only machine I had. I assisted him with the machines and loaned him my lecture manuscript and found it inconsiderate of him to cable you this so you might think I wasn't cooperating. Gouraud wants to make no show of the phonograph in the expo making it incumbent on the general public to visit the special building outside and pay for the priviliage of seeing it. Do not believe it wise to subordinate the exhibit. The 22 million visitors will be much disappointed if they can't see and hear the phonograph. Might lose you the Volta Prize and various gold medals. Appreciate Gouraud wants to save the expense of fitting up the pavillion but the 50,000 francs of the Volta Prize might warrant such an outlay. I am somewhat in a quandry and need your instruction as Gouraud's ideas about the expo are so at variance with mine. Cable whether I should spend a sum not exceeding five thousand dollars for pavillion enclosure furnishings. Must know at once as the building should already be under way. Will write you particulars of the expo later.








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