[D9244AAR], Letter from Charles E Foster to Columbia Phonograph Co, October 14th, 1892


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[D9244AAR], Letter from Charles E Foster to Columbia Phonograph Co, October 14th, 1892




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


Counselors in Patent Causes,
931 P Street,
Washington, D.C.
October 14, 1892.
Columbia Phonograph Company
Dear Sirs:-
I have had two of your machines in operation at the office of my firm for over a year, during which time, they have proved to be equally serviceable for dictation of correspondence, reports, specifications, and descriptions of machinery, briefs for argument, and for memoranda and instructions to be left for my clerks in my absence.
During the time I have had the machines, they have cost nothing for repairs either in [illegible] money and there has been no difficulty, whatever, in operating them either by myself or my clerks. One of the machines is run by a secondary battery and the other by the electric light current and they operate equally well. The dictating machine is arranged directly in front of me in my desk so that it is available for use at any moment, and I must dictate my memoranda or correspondence, or whatever it may be without depending upon the presence or efficiency of a clerk. This has proved to be of almost incalculable advantage in as much as I am enabled to make use of odd moments which otherwise would be wasted, and transact a great deal of work at those when my clerks could not be present. I can also dictate with which [illegible[ in practicable except with the services of a [illegible] The machines here [illegible] a part of the [illegible] appliance as the typewriters. I have not had the slightest hesitancy whenever opportunity offered of recommending their adoption.
Yours truly,
Charles E. Foster
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