[LM022110], Letter from Charles Patterson Bruch to Ezra Torrance Gilliland, August 30th, 1888


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[LM022110], Letter from Charles Patterson Bruch to Ezra Torrance Gilliland, August 30th, 1888

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"On yesterday Mr. Evans, General Manager of the North America Phonograph Company, showed me a telegram from Mr. McCutcheon at Indianapolis to the effect that he had a contract with you, dated December, which the North American Phonograph Company had neither the power to disregard or transfer and threatening to enjoin them from operating in Ind., unless the contract was carried out by them. Mr. Evans stated that you had mentioned no such contract and that he had no record of any correspondence with Mr. McCutcheon in the files turned over to them and asked if I knew of any such contract; I told him that I did not and cabled you at once to ascertain. I have received your cable message and have informed them as to its contents. ### It seems that Mr. McCutcheon went to them some weeks ago and they gave him the option for Ind., in accordance with your recommendation, it being understood that he was to give them his reply within a certain time. As they did not hear from him, some days after the time was up, they wrote him cancelling the option. It was in reply to this letter that he telegraphed as above. ### They say that in their conversation with him he made no mention of any contract. At the time when he should have notified them of his decision in the matter, he was here in New York and came into this office and wrote you the letter that I forwarded. As I had no knowledge to the contrary I did not at that time question his assumption that he had a contract with you. ### Mr. Evans expresses the opinion that Mr. McCutcheon is taking advantage of your absence to bluff them and I am inclined to think that he will not get Indiana on any terms." Yours very truly, Chas Brunch. [Marginalia: "Mr. Tate says they cabled you today about phonographs"]




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