[LB056479], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Sherburne Blake Eaton, April 25th, 1892


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[LB056479], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Sherburne Blake Eaton, April 25th, 1892




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


April 25th, 1892.
Major S. B. Eaton,
Edison Building, Broad Street,
New York City.
Dear Sir:-
I have received your letter of 13th instant in regard to delivering to the Edison United Phonograph Co. the assignments of certain patents which I executed and placed in your hands, and enclosing a letter from the Secretary of that company promising that in each case where the reservation for dolls, toys, toy figures and clocks were not included, the E. U. P. Co. would when the patents should be recorded in the Company's name, execute, without expense to me, a license in the form already agreed for [Care?] [9a?].
I note your remark that technically speaking the Edison Unite Phonograph Company, is possibly not bound by this letter of its Secretary. I therefore decline to authorize you to deliver the assignments until the proper officers of the E. U P. Co. shall have ratified and confirmed the promise made by their Secretary:
It must be remembered that I gave a license under these patents to the Edison Phonograph Toy Mfg. Co. Whether that license has referred to me or is still in force is a question to which I may in the near future seek an answer. Should it transpire that the Toy Company still holds rights under the said license they should set up a very plausible claim against me for damages were I to divest myself locally of the title to the patents without reserving what I have already given to them, which in effect I would be doing were I to accept this letter from the Secretary of the Edison United Phonograph Co. I am not willing to assume this risk.
Yours very truly,
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