[D8961AAC], Letter from Edwin M Fox to Thomas Alva Edison, July 12th, 1889


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[D8961AAC], Letter from Edwin M Fox to Thomas Alva Edison, July 12th, 1889

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I have not done much with the spring attachment of the phonograph since I saw you. I have got it so it runs very nicely for about five minutes and then has to be re-wound but I made up my mind that improvements in the phonograph had better be left to you. Lawyers are good enough for trying cases but they are poor scientific developers and I am more at home in Court than in a laboratory. ## Mr. [Conalies?] with whom Mr. Connery has contracted for association in the Mexican company is one of our leading merchants and stands A.1. as you will find by reference to the Commercial Gazette I have had numerous interviews with him and I know of my own knowledge that a better connection for Mexico could not possibly be formed. He has assurances that the concession will be granted for 15 years exclusively for the Edison phonograph, so that we need have no fear of the graphophone in that country. Immediately upon the settlement of the two points which are really of no importance in the contract with Mr. Connery but which he inssits upon as a business man, he will send you an order for two mahcines for Mexico and engage the young man from your laboratory about whom you spoke to me. He is going to send a Mr. Curtis down to Mexico immediately as his representative to arrange as to placing machines. I knew Mr. Curtis and he is a thoroughly capable man. Mr. [Cebales?] introduced me today to the Spanish Minister and he and several prominent parties are coming to my office tomorrow at noon to talk into m y Edison phonograph and the cylinders are to be takend by Mr. Curtis to Mexic. It would be a graceful thing, if you approve of it, for you to talk a phonogram to President Diaz when whom you met in this country. Mr. Cegballes says he is sure the President would appreciate anything from you. ## Mr. Connery will see you tomorrow afternoon.





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