[D8958AAG], Letter from Sherburne Blake Eaton to Thomas Alva Edison, September 9th, 1889


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[D8958AAG], Letter from Sherburne Blake Eaton to Thomas Alva Edison, September 9th, 1889

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Eaton writes to Edison telling him Mr. Insull asked him to see Mr. Charles A. Cheever about a claim set up by him or his principals against the London Graphophone Company, possibly affecting that Company's title to the graphophone patents aboard. So he did go see Mr. Insull and a synopsis of what he discovered in order that he might send it to him by cable and the object of this letter is to verify the cablegrm. Mr. Cheever had no papers for his claim, they were taken to London by Mr. Martin his associate. He says that Mr. Cheever claims that at the time of the sale of the graphophone patents certain other partics had not expired. He asked Mr. Cheever and the sellers at the end the original parties who thought of buying might be cheated out of their rights and their option. He gives his opinion that if there were a collision, that the present buyers conspired in bad faith with the sellers to injure the original parties, and an action might be brought by the letter which would probably affect the title of the present owners. He goes on to say that Cheever stated all the papers were in the hands of Woodhouse & Rawson, london, who own the claim, and he wouldn't let him send their names by cable because he didn't want him to approach them until after Mr. Martin had seen him. He says that Cheever believes the graphophone people will threaten him by proposing to carry on business in spite of his patents unless sold to them at their price, and he thinks that in such an emergency it would strengthen your hand if you owned this claim which might invalidate their title to their patents. And he's looking for someone to pay him money for his claim and thinks you'll be the one to purchase it. Eaton goes on to say that he hardly thinks that he'll invest any money in a claim of that kind, unless first consultanting to get legal advice.




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