[D8960AAF], Letter from Everett Frazar to Alfred Ord Tate, January 24th, 1889


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[D8960AAF], Letter from Everett Frazar to Alfred Ord Tate, January 24th, 1889

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I have valued favor of the 21st inst. And am pleased to note that you will be able to arrange for phonograms from the Japanese Minister and others in Washington, before our expert goes to Japan and China. It would be well to obtain some from the Chinese Minister also, addressed to officials in Pekin and from the Japanese Minister to officials and to some personal friends, speaking in a social way, if possible. I have had two interviews with the Japanese Vice Consul here, the Consul being absent, but due from San Francisco shortly; also with Mr. T. Takaki, manager of the Yoko. Specie Bank here, and have arranged that, at the proper time when you will put me in the way of same, we will have these gentlemen use the Phonograph in New York, sending the cylinders to Japan by the expert. The full address of the Japanese Minister at Washington is Munemitsu Mutau, Japanese Legation; the name of the Japanese Vice Consul in New York is Ikunoshiu Matsuoka. We will be able to get just such assistance from each of these officials as we may need. I might get the same privileges from the Chinese. The Japanese Vice Consul goes to Washington on Saturday for a few days and he promises me to have a conference with the Minister there, explaining the matter fully, so that when our expert calls on him, he will have been informed in advance. Please let me know if you can suggest any other names from whom we would do well to get letters, or other parties whom it would be well to have use the phonograph, that the expert may avail of same.##In regard to the salary to be paid the expert, I am quite willing to defer to the good judgement of Mr. Edison. Of course, it would be better to get a suitable man and pay a little more, as you say, especially if he be a person of some little experience in electrical business, so that his services can be made use of to advantage, combining the Phonograph and elec. Lighting, when visiting the different cities of Japan and China, thus advancing the whole Edison interest to our mutual advantage. Please mention this to Mr. Edison.##At your convenience please send me rough memo. Of the agreement between us and let me know the result of your latest consideration of the Berlin matter."





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