[D8964AAZ], Letter from Albert Blake Dick to Thomas Alva Edison, May 19th, 1889


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[D8964AAZ], Letter from Albert Blake Dick to Thomas Alva Edison, May 19th, 1889

Editor's Notes

My dear Mr Edison##During the past few days I have learned that Mr Gilliland has been negotiating with Mr Simon of the French Edison Lamp Co. to manufacture 50,000 Toy Doll Phonographs, but the matter has been left open until Mr G___'s arrival here, as they (the L. Co) would not agree to undertake the manufacturing unless gilliland would furnish them with an experienced staff of workmen.##Mr Dyer, in our interest, informed Mr Simon that he understood that Gillilands title to Foreign rights in the Toy Phonograph was not definitely settled and advised him to cable you (before closing a contract with Gilliland) and get further information.##I trust that you will be able to advise me soon in regard to your rights in this teriitory, as it will be exceedingly awkward for me to unable to state who the parties are, owning the right to manufacture-- Within a few days Jacques, Toppan, Gilliland and the others will be exerting themselves to form Companies, and if you are able to prevent such action on their part it seems to me it would be advisabel to place me in aposition to counteract any influence which the use of your name might exert in their favor. Awaiting your further instructions, which should be sent to Brown Shipley & Co London, I am Sincerely Yours A. B. Dick




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