[D8964ACI], Letter from William Ratcliffe, Jr. to Benjamin F Stevens, July 12th, 1889


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[D8964ACI], Letter from William Ratcliffe, Jr. to Benjamin F Stevens, July 12th, 1889

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Yours of 11th received. I will bear in mind its contents and advise you at first opportunity. Two or three men I think of might fit the bill, but the right man must possess certain qualifications---want to think it over. ## "As I wrote yesterday, I was not satisfied with my interviews with Messrs Roudtree, Lisner and Schwarz. Each of them had heard of the Edison doll before and each spoke in a manner to imply that he thought there was nothing in it. It was the manner, not the words, that gave me this impression, as one might say, Oh yes, I know, the Edison doll. I heard about that long ago, but it never seems to have come to anything, and I guess it don't work. They didn't say so, but I felt it, and combatted the idea which they seemt to have by slippin the information that there was a change in the Directory and affairs would be pushed right along. All agreed that it seemed to be a good thing and that it should be brought out before it got stale, and all wanted to see a sample. In each case I repled that was possible that I might be able to show one in a few days, an inviotation to call again being the result. You will remember we spoke of this the other day and you thought you might be able to send me one. . . . ## One other question. Do you know if any one else is making inquiries in this city besides me, or is any one selling the doll here? I ask because I heard today that such is the case. . . . ## I was under the impression that there were none of the goods in the market yet, but I don't want to spread that impression if I am wrong."




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