[LB049581], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Frederick Barker, June 3rd, 1891


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[LB049581], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Frederick Barker, June 3rd, 1891




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


June 3, 1891.
My dear Professor Barker,-
Your letter of 25h ultimo, in regard to obtaining a phonograph for Professor Hermann, of Konigsberg University, for use by him in the investigations which he is conducting upon the mechanism of speech, reached me in due course of mail.
In reply I beg to say that I will be very pleased to do all I can to secure for Prof. Hermann a phonograph of the latest and best construction. The instrument in Europe is, however, controlled by the Edison United Phonograph Company, and a machine for use in Germany could only be obtained from them. I have referred your letter to the Foreign Committee of the Company, strongly urging that the application of Prof. Bowditch should be granted and a phonograph furnished to Prof. Hermann just as soon as the new machines are ready for delivery. I have also recommended that the instrument be supplied at half-price. Trusting that the United Company will consider the matter favorably.
Yours very truly,
Prof. Geo. F. Barker,
University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, Pa.
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