[D8963AAM], Letter from Michigan Phonograph Co, John L Butterfield to Thomas Alva Edison, May 13th, 1889


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[D8963AAM], Letter from Michigan Phonograph Co, John L Butterfield to Thomas Alva Edison, May 13th, 1889

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We are much surprised to receive a letter from The North American Phonograph Co. In which it is claimed that a battery is not a part of the completer motor phonograph. We can see at once that everything in the nature of supplies is and should be extra , but it is certainly a very unwise and short sighted policy to insist upon customers buying a battery in order to completer the motor. We have always understood that the battery was a part of the motor machine, was furnished with it, and have so stated to our customers.### All of the orders we have, were given with that understanding, and to tell them now that the battery is extra, would lead many to cancel their orders, and would certainly make it much more difficult to get orders in the future. It is one of those little things that influence the public very largely and would certainly be against the phonograph. [Ans May 16/89; TAE marg.:Say of course I have nothing to do with the business methods of the NY Co-- Iam getting out a battery which will last a month or so, and will be perfectly satisfactory & your Co perhaps could go into the business of supply battery & keeping in order at so much per 100 phonograph hours-- The battery will be its own meter= In private teleghs this has been qutie a business with many in the vicinity for a number of years I never supposed the Battery furnished would be ultimate thing for the phonogh-- its simply a Grenet cell & has all the defects of ordinary batteries-- Edison]




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