[LB034345], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Benjamin F Stevens, November 30th, 1889


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[LB034345], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Benjamin F Stevens, November 30th, 1889

Editor's Notes

My Dear Mr. Stevens,-- The attached correspondence explains itself. On the 19th of October last, Messrs. Dyer & Seely addressed a letter to the Edison Phonograph Toy M'f'g. Co., advising them of an application which Mr. Edison had made for a new toy phonograph invented by him before he went to Europe and which application has been granted by the U.S. Patent Office. Messrs. Dyer and Seely interrogated the Toy Phono. Co. in regard to their taking out foreign patents on this device, but receiving no reply they wrote me under date Nov. 23rd, [thr] instructions in regard to the issue of the U.S. Patent, which was being held back to avoid publication before applications were filed abroad. I asked Dyer & Seely for a copy of their letter to the Toy Phono. Co., which I received and forwarded to the Toy Phono. Co., with a communication from myself. Mr. Weld replies to me under date November 29th, stating that the officers of the Company had received no information in regard to the application in question, the correspondence having reached the hands of the ex-President, Mr. Jacques, and remained there. Mr. Field has informed me that Mr. Jacques has withdrawn his recent letter to the Company and has signed an agreement to turn over to them all his alleged inventions in connection with the toy phonograph. I think it very necessary that we should investigate the applications made by Mr. Jacques for foreign patents in view of the fact of his having suppressed the matter intended to have been brought to the attention of the Toy Phonograph Company on the 19th of October last. Yours very truly, A O Tate Private Secretary.






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