[LB023405], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Samuel Insull, February 11th, 1887



I have found the agreement between Mr. Edison and Henry H. Unz relative to Autographic Stencils (Edison's patent #224,665 tele 17/80) This agreement is drawn in such a manner that Unz has control of the invention for three years whether he does anything with it or not. ##Today two gentlemen from Chicago called to see if they could make an arrangement for the use of the above invention. ## If Unz is doing nothing without he might be able to get him to abrogate his rights under the contract and deal with these Chicago parties.## In regard to letter from Hall type written {illegible} I beg to say that the invention therre refer to is an entirely different one from the above and is covered by Mr. Edison's patent no. 295,990 Apl 1st/84. So far as I am aware Mr. Edison has no argument or arrangment with anyone in connection with the latter invention. ## Wyckoff Seamians Benedict send a man to Mr. Edison's house on Thursday last to ask what he would take for his patent. He offered it for Five thousand dollars ($5,000) but nothing further was done. ## I have searched the safe for copies of Powers of Attorney given Upton and Villard but cannot find them.## Records show that {illegible} sent Villard July 24/86 and I presume the Board of Directors are hired from CO. granted this at meeting held June 14th which is the first recorded meeting held by them prior to the date of letter enclosing P.A. I saw Mr. {illegible} yesterday but he was too busy preparing to leave town to do anything at all in connection with European matters or to give me the records to complete . We must await his return before being able to do anything further. ## Telegram from Savannah, Ga: announces Mr. Edison's arrival there. He feels well but his arm and hand are badly swollen from the effects of an injection of morphine (?) administered a few days before he left.









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[LB023405], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Samuel Insull, February 11th, 1887

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

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