[LB029177], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to William Joseph Hammer, April 20th, 1889


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[LB029177], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to William Joseph Hammer, April 20th, 1889

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"I have received your letter of 6th instant, enclosing Col. Gouraud's letter to yourself under date 2d inst., regarding the exhibition of the phonograph in Paris, and have elsewhere confirmed my cablegram to you on the same subject. ### It is my intention that the phonograph, as well as all my other inventions, shall be exhibited in Paris upon a purely scientific basis, excluding all commercial or speculative elements, and I have decided that in order to carry out this intention and keep the control of my exhibit in my own hands, I will assume personally the whole of the expense connected with the phonograph, which decision I cabled to Col. Gouraud yesterday, as well as to yourself. ### I will not countenance any exhibition of the phonograph for money anywhere within the City of Paris during the time the Exposition is in progress. I desire to recognize only my own instructions relative to the exhibition of this instrument. ### In regard to the pavilion which you propose building, the amount which you name – five thousand dollars – is too high. You ought to be able to erect a suitable enclosure for an amount not exceeding three thousand dollars, which latter sum my cablegram of yesterday authorized you to expend. ### Kindly keep me fully informed upon all matters connected with this affair, and do not fail to use the cable when you consider it necessary. ### Please acknowledge receipt of this letter immediately." Yours truly, [signed] TAE




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