[LB052638], Letter from Thomas Maguire (Edison Employee) to Alfred Ord Tate, October 15th, 1891


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[LB052638], Letter from Thomas Maguire (Edison Employee) to Alfred Ord Tate, October 15th, 1891





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


Oct. 15, 1891.
A. O. Tate, Esq.,
Edison Building,
Broad St.,
New York City.
Dear Sir:-
I return herewith the letter of J. Lewis Young, of London, in regard to the use of Mr. Edison’s name in connection with the Mimeograph, the same having accompanied your favor to me of 13th instant.
I have examined Mr. Edison’s agreement with the A. B. Dick Company relating to foreign countries, under date 31st December, 1889, and there is nothing in it which refers specifically to the use of Mr. Edison’s name in the above connection.
The 5th clause of the said agreement provides that no Company shall be formed in any country than the United States for the conduct or exploitation of the mimeograph business without the written consent of Mr. Edison. Here is the paragraph in full:
“The said party of the second part (A. B. Dick Co.) here by agrees that it will organized in any country other than the United States, any corporation or corporations, company or companies, for the conduct or exploitation of the business carried on by the said party of the accord part in the manufacture and sale of apparatus containing and embodying the said invention and improvement covered by said Letters Patent No. 224,665, or parts thereof, without first obtaining the written consent of the party of the party of the first part. (Mr. Edison).” Of course, inasmuch as the agreement confers upon the Dick Company the privilege of manufacturing mimeographs in the United States for sale in foreign countries, I suppose it is understood that the apparatus will be sold by them or their or their licenses in foreign countries under the name of the “Edison Mimeograph.”
The other agreements with Dick and Gilliland with relation to Mimeograph are in Major Eaton’s hands, the only one which we have here being the one referred to above.
Yours very truly,
Thomas Maguire
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