[D8955ABD], Letter from James T Brown to Thomas Alva Edison, March 16th, 1889


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[D8955ABD], Letter from James T Brown to Thomas Alva Edison, March 16th, 1889

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[Letterhead of The Egan Company, Cincinnati] Been a friend of Gilliland for twenty years; given the breach with you, he is silent, which is his characteristic trait; we must admit Gilliland made the phonograph a valuable property, brought it publicity, made it salable for big profit; "you have been intimate and should be again"; you can get along better with him than without him; who is the man who can market your inventions better? "At the time you could have arranged matters entirely satisfactory to you, but instead you took advice which immediately closed Mr. G's mouth and brought about the estrangement which now exists"; he won't take the initiative; but I could be intermediary if you want; "In one sense the public demands it and in another the public looks for it anyhow"; Together you made one of the most remarkable transactions of the times; this required money, who raised it?; Gilliland soon leaves for Europe; haven't talked to Gilliland about this; if you want to reconcile: Don't ask too much and don't forget you were once friends; he is a very strong man financially, stronger than you have about you now; I've been your stout friend; you will remember me in connection with Western Electric Co. of Chicago and Gilliland Electric Co., Indianapolis; this idea is my own and unknown to Gilliland; I will observe secrecy until absolved.




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