[LB030301], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Sherburne Blake Eaton, June 11th, 1889


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[LB030301], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Sherburne Blake Eaton, June 11th, 1889

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"I enclose herewith draft of our regular Phonoplex contract, covering the use of Mr. Edison's Phonoplex System of Telegraphy. The amount which we charge for royalty is $100 per year, per circuit, regardless of the number of offices included in the circuit. For instance, if we equip a wire between New York and Philadelphia, establishing communication between those ten points, our licenses could equip any number of intermediate offices on this wire and our royalty would still remain the same, $100 per year. ### I also send you herewith copy of my letter to Mr. Charles Selden, Gen'l. Sup't. Telegraph, Baltimore & Ohio R.R., under date March [unclear], 1889, together with his letter to me dated April 15th, 1880, both of which relate to a new conract which I wish to have prepared between Mr. Edison and the B. & O. R. R. Co. Everything in the old contract remains [unclear], except the change for royalty. We desire to make a special arrangement with this Company, whereby they will pay us $20.00 for each complete set of Phonoplex instruments upon their lines. Thus, if they had a wire between New York and Philadelphia and we established communication between those points, we would charge them $20.00 per [unclear] for the instruments employed at New York and $20.00 for those employed in Philadelphia. If they were to include any intermediate offices, we would charge $20.00 for each set of instruments used between the terminal stations." Yours very truly, AO Tate




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