[LB027251], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Sylvester Baxter, December 3rd, 1888


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[LB027251], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Sylvester Baxter, December 3rd, 1888

Editor's Notes

"In reference to your letter of 30th ult., I beg to say that Mr. Edison is still working at the phonograph, perfecting certain details in connection with the transmitting and receiving of sound. Our phonograph factory is working on, and has turned out a large number of all parts, excepting the receiver and transmitter. We expect that Mr. Edison will furnish models for the latter within three weeks' time, when their manufacture will be immediately commenced, and very shortly thereafter we will be able to assemble machines. Mr. Edison has home in mind his promise to furnish the Hemenway Archaeological Expedition with a number of the first phonographs turned out of the factory, and asks me to say that he will reserve three of these instruments, as you request. It will be quite impracticable to let you have these instruments before January. You can rest assured that you will not be overlooked when we receive the first lot of instruments from the factory. ### With relation to the phonograph in Germany, Col. George E. Gouraud, Little Menlo, Upper Norwood, Surrey, England, has control of the business in that country, and all arrangements for merchandising the instruments would have to be made through him." Yours very truly, A.O. Tate





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