[HK132AAC], Letter from George Munro to Alfred Ord Tate, June 12th, 1889


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[HK132AAC], Letter from George Munro to Alfred Ord Tate, June 12th, 1889

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I hope you will not consider it presumption on my part ot write you a perfect stranger, and ask your opinion and advice on a matter that affects me personally, but the matter is such a serious one for me, that I doubt not you will appreciate my position and put me in such a way that I may recover what I want. ## As you will doubtless recognise, I am connected officially with the phonograph in London, and at present act as secretary to the Co. You will no doubt call to memory the circumstances connected with the money advanced to Mr. Osgood S. Wiley by Colonel Gourand, and the staoppage of the same by the order of Mr Edison., and that Mr. Wiley in the future would receive the money he required from Mr Dredge. Now I enclose the correspondence I had with Wiley, from which you will gather that I advanced certain sums of money, and the grounds on which I gave him that money will be apparent to you from the correspondence. Wiley was here representing Mr. Edison in what I considered a most invention, and it was simply that I did not like to see Wiley in any peruniary straits that I gave him an advance I believed would be repaid shortly after. You may imagine my consternation when I heard that Wiley was recalled to America, and I immediately wrote him, asking for the return of what I advanced him. You will see copy of the letter he wrote me from America, and he has since promised to remit me. I have writeen him repeatedly since, but no response has come to my applications. I have just learned from Mr. Hamilton, the circumstances connected with Mr. Wiley's interview with Mr. Edison, so am beginning to fear there was some diplomacy in his putting me off in case I wrote direct and that you would know the futher extent of his money transactions in London. ## I advanced him altogether 25 (pounds) as you will see from the correspondence, and the reason for my taking this great liberty is to ask if you will be kind enough to favor me with your advice as to the best means of my recovering the amount. The matter is purely a private one between Mr. Wiley and myself, and Colonel Couraud knows nothing of the circumstances. I therefore hope you will not consider me impertinent in asking your advice as to what I should do in the circumstances. I have no friend in America to whom I could write for advice, and if I am not putting you to too much trouble should feel much obliged if you will send me a line saying what steps I should take in the matter, as I can ill afford to lose the amount, and it has already cost me a lot of anxiety and worry. I did not write before, simply relying on the promises of Wiley, but these he has never kept, and I am forced to take this and if so and you will kindly represent the matter to Mr. Edison, I have no doubt that he will do all he could (when he is acquaint with all the circumstances) to help me. If you should like to see the oringinal from Mr Wiley I could send them on to you. On second thoughts I send you on the letter he wrote me from N.J. so that you may see the bona findes of my letter. ## With thanks in anticipation for anything you may do for me, and again apologizing for the liberty I take, believe me, yours faithfully






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