[LB058334], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Graphic (London), November 4th, 1893


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[LB058334], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Graphic (London), November 4th, 1893





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


Nov. 4, 1893.
London, England.
In your issue of Saturday, October 1, 1893, under the caption “Silvern Speech. The Phonograph in the Street,” appears a report of an interview with Mr. J. Lewis Young and Mr. Lynn, in which it is alleged that these gentlemen are acting as my agents in London, the inference being that they are carrying on a traffic in phonographs purchased in America with my authority and approval. As this statement, and all that it implies, is so grossly unjust to myself and to those who hold the legitimate title to the phonograph rights in Great Britain, I cannot permit it to pass unnoticed.
The patents outside the United States and Canada covering the phonograph and the various appliances connected therewith, were purchased from me by the Edison United Phonograph Company of New Jersey. Some few months ago this Company sold their rights in Gt. Britain to the Edison-Bell Phonograph Corporation, Limited, of London. I have no connection, directly or indirectly, with the gentlemen named in the interview referred to above. The Edison-Bell Corporation have brought suit against Mr. Young and others for the enforcement of their rights and to estop the invasion of their territory by unauthorized persons, in which connection I am co-operating with them in every way possible.
I trust you will publish this communication for the benefit of those who have been deceived by misrepresentations which have not been confined to the columns of your journal.
Yours truly,
Thomas A Edison
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