[LB027131], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Edward Gouraud, November 22nd, 1888


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[LB027131], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Edward Gouraud, November 22nd, 1888

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"I have received your letter of 7th instant, in regard to Ore Milling, and asking me the extent to which you should honor Mr. Wiley's drafts. In relation to the former, I have to say that I sent Mr. Wiley to England for the specific purpose of showing my Ore Milling process to Mr. Dredge and any friends whom that gentleman might desire to have see it. I did not anticipate, prepare or wish for a public exhibition of the process. The arrangements which were entered upon to show this process at the Crystal Palace were entirely out of accord with my desires and with the understanding that I had with Mr. Wiley's brother, who, on behalf of Mr. Dredge, induced me to send the machine to England. While I am indebted to you for the interest which you have displayed and your offers of assistance, and also for your kindness to Mr. Wiley, I am not at present prepared to depart from the original understanding which I had as to the extent to which the Ore Milling process was to be exhibited abroad. Had I desired to make a public exhibition, I am satisfied that no better arrangements could have been made than those which you were about to perfect at the Crystal Palace. I have written both Mr. Dredge and Mr. Wiley, with the view of correcting the misunderstanding which has occurred, and the matter has doubtless by this time assumed its original shape. ### In regard to Mr. Wiley's drafts, I have already made an arrangement with Mr. Dredge, who has in hand detailed information regarding Mr. Wiley's salary, expenses &c., and who will honor Mr. Wiley's drafts in accordance with my request. It is hardly worth while to alter this arrangement now." Yours very truly, [unsigned]




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