[SB019010d], Clipping, Wilmington (Del.) Journal, January 19th, 1889


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[SB019010d], Clipping, Wilmington (Del.) Journal, January 19th, 1889

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"The Wizard Swindled", Wilmington (Del.) Journal, January 19th, 1889

Editor's Notes

TAE has lost $250,000 principally through the negligence of a man he made wealthy. Tomlinson was a struggling lawyer before TAE hired him. After this, Tomlinson became very successful and famous in New York as a patent lawyer. Gilliland and Tomlinson were tasked with finding a buyer for the phonograph. They reported a sale of $500,000 but TAE later found out that it was actually $750,000. Tomlinson had charged not less than $62500 to draw up a bill of sale. TAE was loath to believe he could have been tricked by a friend. TAE has severed relations with Tomlinson and Gilliland.
Thomas Edison accuses late legal adviser John C. Tomlinson and electrician/inventor Ezra T. Gilliland of cheating him out of $250,000 in the sale of the phonograph




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