[LB031119], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Benjamin F Stevens, June 29th, 1889


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[LB031119], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Benjamin F Stevens, June 29th, 1889

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"I have to acknowledge your kind letter of 27th instant, and Mr. Edison asks me to acknowledge your letter to him of same date. Mr. Edison is going away on Monday evening next to be absent all week. If it would be convenient to yourself, he would be glad to see you and any of your friends you may wish to bring with you on Monday, July 8th. ### I desire to say a few words to you with relation to Mr. Stevenson, whom I introduced to you when in Boston. The plan which Mr. Edison had formed for conducting the Toy Phonograph Business, when he was considering handling it himself, was one in connection with which Mr. Stevenson's qualifications would have fitted him to take charge of a certain part of the work. This plan was just the same as the one which you propose, and under the present circumstances, we think upon further consideration, that Mr. Stevenson is not altogether qualified for the post. The man who has to take charge of a number of agencies, should be one who has had a thorough training in commercial life and who has a thorough knowledge of business men and business methods. I do not think Mr. Stevenson has any resources of this kind to draw upon ### In regard to the payment of $10,000, due on July 1st, the arrangement was, that this payment was to be divided equally between Mr. Edison and the Edison Phonograph Company. Your [unclear] is to pay the $5,000 to the Edison Phonograph Company, and Mr. Edison forgoes his proportion. I think Major Eaton has already communicated with you in regard to the above. ### Mr. Edison desires to be remembered very kindly to yourself and Mr. Field." Yours very truly, AO Tate
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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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