[LB031123], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Benjamin F Stevens, June 29th, 1889


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[LB031123], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Benjamin F Stevens, June 29th, 1889

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"Confidential. ### In your last letter to me you mentioned the Crawford contract, which, as I recollect it, was a contract giving Mr. T.C. Crawford the exclusive agency for France. Mr. Crawford has associated with him a young man named Maguire (F. Z.), who is known to Mr. Edison and how has been connected with the formation of one of the Phonograph Companies in the United States. Mr. Maguire called to see me the other day, and told me that Mr. Crawford's contract had lapsed, or words to that effect, and wished to obtain from me information regarding Mr. Edison's relations with the Toy Phonograph Company, so as to enable himself and Mr. Crawford to decide whether they would seek a renewal of the Crawford agreement. Of course I do not know upon what grounds Maguire considered the contract void, but he appeared to have no doubt upon that point. I do not know just how valuable this information may be to you, but I give it to you for what it is [unclear], and you can use it as it you consider best." Yours very truly, AO Tate




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