[LB008308], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Edward Gouraud, June 5th, 1881


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[LB008308], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Edward Gouraud, June 5th, 1881

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Oriental Telephone Company. I duly received your cable as to [Legenden] but was unable to answer it immediately as I was at that time in treaty with that gentleman. The copy of the contract you received is a correct and but in as much as [----] has not acted up to his Contract as he has done nothing for upwards of a year I propose to tell him that I look upon it as null & void I have therefore signed the Oriental Contract & sent it forward to Renshaw. I do not think we need [fear] [Lelander] in the least but if he gives trouble, which is extremely improbable you must of course share with me any expense that may be incurred to quiet him.##You can easily [quall] any trouble by getting the Oriental Contract to ship to China nothing but [---] [---] & by getting your Bell Telephone associates to use their influence here to prevent [Lelander] from obtaining any telephones here which they can easily do as the Bell Telephone Coy control my patent now for this Country (under their f[---] with the Western Union) & the policy of the Bell Company is to keep the [------] of the instrument to themselves. You may remember the




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