[LB028105], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Everett Frazar, February 5th, 1889


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[LB028105], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Everett Frazar, February 5th, 1889

Editor's Notes

My Dear Mr. Frazar:-- I have your note of 4th instant, and will be glad to see Mr. Tyson tomorrow afternoon.##I think you are already aware that the Graphophone people are making strenuous efforts in China and Japan to obtain concessions, giving them the exclusive right to introduce their machines. They, of course, will try to exclude the phonograph altogether. Would it not be well to let the Japanese and Chinese officials know that the Edison Perfected Phonograph is to sent to these countries shortly? To-morrow night we are sending a young man to Washington, with a phonograph, for the purpose of giving an exhibition before the Commissioners of the Patent Office to overcome some objections which have been raised in that Dep't. of the Government in connection with patents. I suppose it would be impossible for you to arrange in so short a time to utilize this man for the purpose of obtaining records and giving exhibitions before the Japanese and Chinese officials? I am quire sure that if they once heard the phonograph, no special grants would be made on behalf of the Graphophone.






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