[LB031255], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to William Joseph Hammer, July 10th, 1889

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Title

[LB031255], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to William Joseph Hammer, July 10th, 1889

Editor's Notes

"I beg to confirm the following cablegrams received from you and sent by me:-- ### THOMAS A. EDISON. June 18, 1889. ### "Send fifty each phonograph diaphragms, also six spectacles; have test sockets ordered May 29th been shipped? Hammer." ### NEWARK, PARIS. July 1, 1889. ### "Diaphragms spectacles shipped June 28th, [unclear]. Edison." ### THOMAS A. EDISON. June 29, 1889. ### "When and how did you send treadle phonographs? Want them for jury. Hammer." ### NEWARK, PARIS. June 29, 1889. ### "Have you received our shipments phonograph material May 17th, June 11th, 19th and 22nd? Edison." ### THOMAS A. EDISON. July 1st, 1889. ### "Shipments May 19th and June 11th arrived. Hammer." ### THOMAS A. EDISON. July 1, 1889. ### "Graphophone people state Edison pays royalty on each phonograph equal to cost of graphophone; that you use Painter's [unclear] for jury [unclear]. Hammer." ### NEWARK, PARIS. July 1, 1880. ### "Company to which I sold phonograph negotiated [unclear] for purchase of graphophone, whose owners know that if both interests were under one control and choice of machine left impartially to the public without competition their instrument would be ignored and their factories suffer great loss in consequence. Therefore, to save themselves they [unclear] from purchasing Company a final sum on each phonograph, not as royalty, but as consideration for a commercial transaction to make up the loss they anticipated in combining. Taintor's statement not correct regarding wax. Graphophones have been abandoned everywhere for want of utility. Whole thing absolutely dead here just as they expected. Edison." ### THOMAS A. EDISON. July 1, 1889. ### "Tell Batchelor shipments June 11th just received. Probably Baldwin holds shipments back. Wangemann's cases not arrived. Hammer." ### THOMAS A. EDISON. July 3, 1889. ### "Three bottles broken, also bottle of zinc, packing wrecked. Can make solution here; if any special instructions needed cable Tall Kennedy. Hammer." ### Newark, Paris. July 3, 1889. ### "Add two drops sulphuric acid each gallon boiled solution. Edison."" Yours truly, [unsigned]

Date

1889-07-10

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

LB031255

Folder Set

LB031-F

Microfilm ID

139:514

Publisher

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