[LB016307], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to John Pender, Oriental Telephone Co Ltd, May 14th, 1883


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[LB016307], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to John Pender, Oriental Telephone Co Ltd, May 14th, 1883

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We have received from Mr. Wells letter in which he states that your company have refused to accept the Australian telephone royalty from him for 1882, notwithstanding that you had already accepted that for 1881. He states that although your Company refuses to accept the royalty they will not state definitely whether they consider the contract of January 17th, 1880 as still in force or not and he applies to me for advice and assistance in the matter. I have written him that inasmuch as I have disposed of all my rights under that contract to your company it is impossible for me to accept the royalty and have suggested that he again apply to you and endeavor to get some definite expression of your views upon the subject. I feel very strongly that your interest would be better served by making some arrangement with Mr. Wells and so overcome any difficulties there may be in connection with the Australian business. Mr. Wells represents the Western Electrical Co. who have very strong backing in this country and they feel that they have certain rights in connection with the Australian business which they are very averse to giving up without an equivalent although they are not at all disinclined to negotiating with you for an amicable settlement of the matter. It would afford me very great pleasure to hear that this matter had been adjusted as I consider that it would be against the interests of all concerned if active competition in the telephone business in Australia should be developed.
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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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