[LB022107], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Siemens and Halske, May 21st, 1886


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[LB022107], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Siemens and Halske, May 21st, 1886

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I am desirous of opening negotiations with you with a view to your representing me throughout Europe (The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland excepted) in the exploitation of telegraphic inventions. The representation would involve the manufacture of the apparatus and the business of disposing the same. If agreeable to your goodselves I would propose making a Contract with you which would not only refer to the invention which I have more particularly in mind in writing to you but also to any telegraphic inventions which I may make for a certain period of years in the future. I would agree on such a basis of remuneration to myself in the shape of Royalties, as would not tax the Inventions to any great extent. My desire is to obtain good representation of a permanent character and then insure the working of my inventions to the very best possible advantage both from a technical and commercial point of view. ## The reason which has prompted me to write you is my desire to immediately exploit in Europe my Way Duplex, or Phonoplex System which is a device for doubling the capacity of a wire which is tapped by "Way" or "Intermediate" Officers. I enclose you cuttings from "The Electrical World" of this City which will give you some idea of the manner of the invention. Up to this writing I have not tested the Invention on circuits of more than one hundred miles in length. ## I also expect to produce other telegraphic inventions in due course. ## Should you be willing to take the matter up I will send my Bureau's Representative to Berlin to make the necessary Contract with you. ## Awaiting your reply I remain Yours very truly [Signed by "R"]






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