[LB032011], Letter from Thomas Maguire (Edison Employee) to Adelbert Theodor Edward Wangemann, August 5th, 1889


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[LB032011], Letter from Thomas Maguire (Edison Employee) to Adelbert Theodor Edward Wangemann, August 5th, 1889

Editor's Notes

Your letter of 14th July was duly received and perused by Mr. Edison. The latter sailed August 3rd on the S.S. "La Bourgogue," for Havre, and you will probably have seen him ere this communication reaches you. ### We have a letter from Mr. Richard T. Haines, of the New York Phonograph Co., in regard to Monsieur Angelo Mariani, a distinguished resident of Paris, who it seems is very anxious to obtain a phonograph. Prior to his departure, Mr. Edison asked me to write Haines to the effect that if Monsieur Mariani would call upon you (Wangemann) at the Paris Exhibition, you would arrange for two exhibitions of the phonograph at his residence in Paris, personally superintending the same, and doing what you could to make them a success, and to instruct [unclear] accordingly. I have already written Haines, and he no doubt will communicate with Monsieur Angelo Mariani. Therefore, if the latter calls upon you, it is Mr. Edison's desire that you place a phonograph at his disposal for any two evenings he desires, and make an exhibition of the phonograph at his house. It appears that Monsieur Mariani entertains in his Hotel or House, at Paris, from one hundred to two hundred of the most distinguished men of letters and science each Saturday evening, and the phonograph could doubtless be exhibited there to much advantage. ### Business at the Laboratory is running along very quietly. Walter Hiller has returned from the West, and at present he is working with Mr. Hagan, manipulating the musical cylinders. They succeed in getting about 100 musical phonograms daily. Just at present, however, their united efforts are being directed towards the discovery of a "bug" that has materialized within the last few days. As I understand it, the speed of the motor is not uniform; hence the pitch of the musical phonograms is not sustained, the effect being anything but desirable. ### I enclose herewith shipping receipts for material shipped you on our order by the Phonograph Works. ### Trusting that you are having a good time in Paris and with every good wish I remain, yours very truly, Thomas Maguire




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