[QP009A115], Letter from James G Payne to Jesse H Lippincott, May 23rd, 1888


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[QP009A115], Letter from James G Payne to Jesse H Lippincott, May 23rd, 1888

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I have your favor of the 22nd. I think the fact of your negotiation has leaked out either through Gilleland or some one here. I think, however, that I can safely say our company will not deal with the Edison people through any one but you. We would be willing to deal directly with them, but not allow some self-constituted middleman to make a large sum ofmoney by getting control of the Edison interest and then squeezing us.#We are more firmly convinced than ever of the strength of our patents and the weajkness of Edison's position. We are preparing our bill, and when we have selected the place for the fight shall begin in earnest.#I am convinced that the Volta people have no faith in Moriarity or his schime, and at the next meeting I shall move to rescind the action authorizing negotiation with his parties.#I shall be glad to hear from ou when you have anything to report.#I think it probable that I shall be in New York again some time next week, if not sooner.




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