[D8964ABX], Letter from Benjamin F Stevens to Alfred Ord Tate, June 27th, 1889


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[D8964ABX], Letter from Benjamin F Stevens to Alfred Ord Tate, June 27th, 1889

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"The directors of the Toy Phonograph Company held an informal meeting this morning, as I told you they would. They read with a great deal of interest the correspondence of Mr. Dick with Mr. Edison conerning the manufactur and sale of Toy Dolls in foreign countries. Also I presented them with the name of Mr. Stevenson as an applicant for a business position. I explained to them the impression I had of the business qualities of that gentleman as they appeared to me, and it was thought best to delay any action on their part until after I had seen Mr. Edison at Orange. I shall be pleased to meet him again when the subject of a General Manager can be discussed and an interchange of views given upon this matter, which as Mr. Edison stated in our interview was of vital importance to the Company and to him personally as representing more than one-tenth of the stock. I shall be pleased to have Mr. Edison name a day after the 4th proximo when it will be perfectly convenient to him to meet me and perhaps one other of the directors, of this however I am not so sure as so many of pour people get away from the city for a few days to avoid the unrest which usually follows the festivities of the day. ## In relation to the foreign business, I would call your attention to the fact that copies of the Crawford and Pleyel contracts were sent to Mr. Edison some time ago. It is a question if Crawford's contract is binding, but this I mentio only in view of the correspondence of Mr. Dick. Mr. Dean, I think you will remember, has an agreement concerning Canada. We understood through Mr. Hutchinson, that Mr. Edison will forego the payment of the $5000 which would be payable July 1st. If this is not so, there is a misunderstanding which should be rectified by telegraph. I think that the matter was talked over with Major Eaton on Mr. Hutchinson's last visit to New York, subsequent to our interview at Orange. The $5000 due Mr. Lippincott will be provided for on Saturday. He was written to on the 25th but nothing has come to hand yet; consequently he has been wired this morning. It was thought best that Major Eaton also should be telegraphed--which has been done. ## have nothing else to communicate. I hope to hear from you in the morning and I shall give prompt attention to your letter. ## It is the expression of our Board that everything shall be done in their power to work in harmony with Mr. Edison for the good of all concerned on a basis of the strictest business principles."







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