[X154A7AP], Letter from Uriah Hunt Painter to Edward Hibberd Johnson, January 29th, 1888


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[X154A7AP], Letter from Uriah Hunt Painter to Edward Hibberd Johnson, January 29th, 1888

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"I want to get an organization of the Phonograph Co under the recent election early this present week. There will be three directors and it will be necessary for you and Reiff to come over as I cannot ask Mr. Chandler to go to New York. If either Mr. Edison or Mr. Batchelor will agree to attend the meeting Mr. Byington and I will come to New York. Will you please find out the latter. The Bell people are now willing to take out a license which they are having made to change the name to Phonograph and raise no question about the validity of the Edison patents and to accord him the credit in any manner that m ay be thought best (of the invention), they merely claiming the improvements in mechanism. This will bring a considerable sum of cash money at once, and should be promptly attended to. Under our contract with Mr. Edison he is entitled to a minumum of $16 on a machine, which will give him $4,800 on this present lot of 300. I am willing to take a small amount above the $16, for this company without being obligated to continue the low rate if we find that the machines are marketable, of which I have great doubts. Will you please confer at once with Mr. Edison in respect to htis matter and I will be governed by your joint views if you agree upon what is to be done with them." [EHJ marg/draft appended: "Mr Dr Edison I have no views (for the [-----] is my life)--I therefore simply refer this to you."




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