[LB054692], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to John W Fortune, December 30th, 1891


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[LB054692], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to John W Fortune, December 30th, 1891





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


December 30, 1891.
My dear Mr. Fortune,-
Your letters of 16th instant reached me on Christmas day. I had been away for ten days previous and arrived home of Christmas Eve.
I am very sorry to say that there are no talking dolls available that I could send you. The first dolls which were turned out were very unsatisfactory. They were easily deranged and made a very bad impression. Mr. Edison took the matter in hand and made a new model, which is as perfect as could be wished, but there were only half a dozen of these manufactured and they have long since disappeared from sight. The Toy Company ran out of money and were unable to meet their obligation, and we were obliged to cease manufacture, but I hope that before very long their affairs will be satisfactorily arranged and that dolls made from the new model will soon be available. When that time comes it will give me great pleasure to assist you in rewarding your little girl for the progress she is making in her studies.
I am sending to you under separate cover a photograph of Mr. Edison, with his autograph.
We have a negative of the GRAND TRUNK HERALD, Which was
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