[LB027215], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Edward Gouraud, November 30th, 1888


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[LB027215], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Edward Gouraud, November 30th, 1888

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"I enclose herewith copy of a letter which I have rec'd. from Prof. Geo. F. Barker, President of the University of Pennsylvania, in regard to the expedition which was sent out to Assyria by the University of Pennsylvania, and which in order to obtain the object in view, required a firman from the Turkish Government, granting the right to explore. It appears that the Sultan of Turkey, and the Grand Vizier are very anxious to obtain a phonograph, and if the instruments were presented to them, it would enable this expedition to get a firman from the Sultan. I should like very much to assist this expedition in the way indicated, and have thought you might yourself look favorably upon it from a business point of view. I am prepared to send two phonograph [inserted: free of charge] handsomely constructed and properly lettered, for presentation to the Sultan and the Grand Vizier; also to send an expert to instruct the attaches of the Sultan's Palace in the operation of the machine provided that you will pay the expenses and wages of this expert from America to Turkey and back again, or, if you require his services, you could keep him in London. ### Upon receipt of this letter, if my proposition is acceptable, please cable me the word "TURKEY." If you do not wish to accept it, cable the word "SULTAN."" Yours very truly, [signed] TAE




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