[D8954ACG], Letter from Richard Nott Dyer to Thomas Alva Edison, June 11th, 1889


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[D8954ACG], Letter from Richard Nott Dyer to Thomas Alva Edison, June 11th, 1889

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Since seeing you Sunday it has occurred to me that if you propose to make your records by filing caveats in the Patent Offices a complete scheme for keeping the records should formed and followed out. To do this in such a way that the caveats could be promptly filed so as to get them in the Patent Office within four or five days of the time we prepare them is what is needed. If you could make your sketches on the mimeograph the matter would be made quite easy. You would need three or four mimeograph file plates securately fitted so as to form a bed large enough for your purpose. Then make sketches within a space on each mimeograph sheet equal to the clear space on a legal cap sheet of type writer paper. You could then have a number of copies carefully struck off, say six, on type writer legal cap of good quality. You could send us four copies nad the written description. We would simply add the formal opening and closing clauses to the description and have it type-written, making four copies, one original and three carbons. One set of drawings and specifications would go to the Patent Office; set of both would go in our files; one set of both (best carbon copy of description) we would preserve and when there was enough matter collected we would have it bound. These sets for permanent binding would have copies of petitions and oaths attacched and would show all dates and signatures; volumes when bound to be sent to you; the fourth copy of both drawings and description to be endorsed with dates of execution and filing and sent to you to be put in temporary binder for your use while waiting for permanently bound copy; the two or more extra copies of drawing to be carefully preserved under locck and key where they could be found in future years or to be destroyed if in any danger of being circulated; the original copy of description to be kept in our files or returned to you. As to the caveats of the new set already sent in, we could get blue prints of drawing and have copies made of specification for permanent binding and other copies for your temporary binder. Instead of keeping a temporary binder you could have prints of the drawing made on thin sheets and pasted in a book, or you could have a book specially bound so that it would open flat and print the copies directly into the book. As you see it could be very nicely arranged provided you could use the mimeograph. I suggest that you at least give it a trial. I find out that Rowland went outto the laboratory and made the drawings you wanted the day after you wrote Mr. Seely, some three weeks ago, but you were not there. He was at your laboratory yesterday and will be there again tomorrow morning.




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