[X154A7CK], Letter from Uriah Hunt Painter to Edward Hibberd Johnson, May 16th, 1888


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[X154A7CK], Letter from Uriah Hunt Painter to Edward Hibberd Johnson, May 16th, 1888

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My Dear Mr. Johnson:-- Yours of 5, 5, 15 to hand.#I think I can get you the graphophone and will send to to Bergmans in a few days.#They have had 100 of them accepted and have put four of the into the hands of Stenographers here who hare using them daily for the purpose of testing them.#I consider the most appaling specifimen of gall that I have ever witnessed was the exhibition in N.Y. at which Edison and Gilliland figured, the latter delivering a lecture on the origin and history of the Phonograph.#A parade at which neither you nor Bergman, nor I would have been welcome spectators.#The man who wrongs anotehr always takes a dislike to his victim.#Neither of us would have brought up and pleasant recollections to Edison of G.#They would have imagined they saw sticking from our pockets the contracts of 1879, the one having sold the phonograph for a consideration, the other having entered into a contract to honestly pay over the moneys received by him under his contract to you and I.#A feast at which there are skelletons walking around is ot calculated to promote health or digestion, and though neitehr you nor I were there, I think the time will come when those skelletons will walk around unbidden and unwelcome.#I would rather today be in my place than his, rather be wronged than carry within me the knowledge that he has of his own actions.#I don't care anything about the pecuniery loss which he has made for me or my make.#I considered long since that the chances were so great that nothing would come of it that had he asked me to have given him my stock that he might have wiped it out of existence I would have made him a present of it as promptly as I offered to give you at our request my proxy with authority to have wiped ot the corporation and and confiscated their assets whatever they might be, and having always so acted towards him, only makes me the more inscensed at his continued and persistent parade in public in the cloaths of a harlot.#If our consel had not be called to his future home last month I would today direct him to go into the U.S. Court and get an injunction restraining Mr. Edison from any further interference in the manufacture of Phonographs.#I may be exasperated into the employment of another lawyer, who when he makes that application will get it, and when he does get it, a chapter will be written for the public to read that will not be as gratifying to the vanity of some people as was the parade of last week at the Electrical Club, but in any event the mask will removed and the world will know the truth about certain matters.






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