[D8960AAT], Letter from Everett Frazar to Thomas Alva Edison, July 16th, 1889


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[D8960AAT], Letter from Everett Frazar to Thomas Alva Edison, July 16th, 1889

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You will be pleased to learn that Mr. Lindaley has had the pleasure of presenting to the Governor of Kanagawa and other officials of the Japanese Gov’t at Tokio, the phono. Messages from the Japanese Minister and friends in Washington, taken by Mr. Miller and me in March last. The officials were greatly pleased and said the could recognize the individuality of the several voices. Gov. Oki, of Kanagawa, Mr. Athads and Mr. Kato have replied to Mr. Matsu, the Minister, by phonograms which they hold. Mr. Sanushima also sent a short message to Mr. Mutsu on the same cylinder with Mr. Kato. Count Okuma, Minister of Foreign Affairs has been pleased to send a phonogram direct to you. This will be forwarded very shortly. Mr. Lindsley writes that he would be pleased to receive a personal phonogram from you. I shall be obliged if you can accommodate him, mentioning the great success of the instrument the number which you have made or are turning out weekly and such others matters as you may think of interest connected with the phonograph. If you think it advisable to ass that the extreme delicacy and minuteness of its manufactures will defy infringement by the natives, it would both please Mr. Lindsley and strengthen his hand in recommending it to the foreign community, at least. If you will kindly deliver your personal phonogram to Mr. English he will send it to me with other matter in a few days.### I am not advised as yet of any actual sales of the instrument. They have been kept very busy setting the machines up, advertising them and meeting officials and parties for its exhibition. I enclose copy of special circular on the working of the Phonograph issued by my Japan form. I trust you will find some satisfactory. I would like your criticism upon it if you deem same desirable. I also send you a copy of a Japan newspaper and engraving showing H.M., the Emperor, receiving from his officers the new Constitution promulgated on Feb, 11th, ’89 in the new Palace building, lighted by the magnificent Edison electroliers, being a portion of the plant installed by my firm , as you are aware.




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