[D8960AAV], Letter from Everett Frazar to Edison Phonograph Works, John C English, July 29th, 1889


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[D8960AAV], Letter from Everett Frazar to Edison Phonograph Works, John C English, July 29th, 1889

Editor's Notes

In reply to your favor of the 26th inst. I would suggest your having the three complete phonographs got ready as follows: One for H.E., Li Hung Change, Peking, please mark Frazar & Co., Shanghs, E.P.W., Nos. 1 up; one for H.M., The Emperor of Japan, and one for H.M., the King of Korea, to be packed complete and marked Frazar & Co., Yokohama, Nos.l up, E.P.W., the numbers of the packages for the Korean phono. To follow the last numbers of the packages for the Korean phono. To follow the last number on the packages containing the machine for the Emperor of Japan, in order that no confusion may arise, as both machines are to go to Yokohama on the same steamer. I understand Mr. Edison is to have handsome nickel or silver plates, with engravings for the three officials above, with compliments of the inventor, Thos. A. Edison, placed prominently on the front of the machines/ also that one or two dozen musical cylinders are to be placed inside of each of the above three sets of phono. Packages. Please see that they are carefully packed with excelsior and well fastened, as they will require several transshipments to reach destination and are liable to be damaged. I am a little in doubt whether to recommend battery or treadle machines, -perhaps the letter if you think that they are simplified, they being likable to used in the absence of electricians competent to attend to the batteries, by the officials. You will please decide this matter with Mr. Edison. I will let you know a few days in advance when the packages require to be delivered in New York.### One case supposed to contain six dozen musical cylinders has been delivered at my office, but without any word from you I am a little in doubt, -also as to whether this box contains the cylinder upon which a message was recorded by me in your office on the evening of July 22nd, and whether Mr. Edison has spoken to my Partner, Mr. Lindsley, in Japan, some being also enclosed. This you were to have done, you will remember. If not done, please ask Mr. Edison to attend to this and send me the phonogram with my own to my office. Let Mr. E. speak specially of the intricate workmanship of the phonograph, the inability of the Japanese to implicate it, the large number you are turning out and all matters pertaining to the phonograph. He might send his regards to Count Okuma, of the Foreign Office and Prof. Fujioka, Eng’r of the Tokio Rlee. Light Co., if he desires, the letter having been very ill.### PHONOGRAPH FOR MY OFFICE. Mr. Edison was to get the consent of the Manager of the M. Am. Co. to allow one to be sent from your Works to my office to be used here for a time in connection with my phono. Correspondence with Japan and shortly no doubt, to be sent to Japan but not sold or loaned in any case in New York. Mr. E. expected to arrange this with his friend, the Manager of the North American Co.### Enclosed I hand you original letter from my firm in Yokohama July 3rd, addressed to your office, from which you will note that Mr. Churchill left an order with the Storekeeper in your Works for certain articles to be shipped out, Mr. Batchelor assuring him that this would be attended to; but it has evidently been overlooked. They ask me to give this matter my early attention and forward some. Will you please refer this to Mr. Batchelor and the Storekeeper and reply to some letting me know when you have the extra parts ready for shipment.### I have just received by mail from Yokohama four phonograms as follows: Three for the Japanese Legation, Washington from the Governor of Kanagawa and the Foreign Office, Tokio, and one from Count Okuma, Minister of Foreign affairs to Mr. Edison. Please say what I had better do with these. Can Mr. Matsu, the Jap. Minister at Washington, make use of these cylinders without having an Edison phono. In his office? If you have an agent in Washington with the Phonograph, he might perhaps be willing to send it around to the Hapanese Legation and call to reproduce the phonograms. Please give me your ideas on this.




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