[LB029323], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Jesse H Lippincott, May 7th, 1889


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[LB029323], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Jesse H Lippincott, May 7th, 1889

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"I have your letter of 6th instant, enclosing a communication which you received from Milwaukee, relative to the phonograph. I have handed the letter to Mr. Batchelor, who will reply to it in detail. Meanwhile I desire to say: ### [in list form] 1st. The present battery is temporary. 2nd. We are getting ready to turn out good ones. 3rd. Ditto Single Cylinders. ### I suppose you remember a long time ago I sold you that to make a success, it would be necessary to learn experts. The phonographs are being shipped all over, and to parties who know nothing about the late devices. Several paragraphs in the Wisconsin letter show me that the writer doesn't understand the machine. No one but the Almighty can tell a man how to work a machine by mail. You will have lots of this for several months to some, and instead of being an immediate success, it will take time. About $10,000 spent by the North Am. Phonograph Co. in experts would have saved $50,000, and made a success. I have brought out too many things in the last twenty years not to know that one the start, experts are everything."




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