[X154A7CM], Letter from Samuel Insull to Uriah Hunt Painter, May 15th, 1888


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[X154A7CM], Letter from Samuel Insull to Uriah Hunt Painter, May 15th, 1888

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Dear Mr Painter, When I was out at Edisons Laboratory the other day I found that arrangements were being made to go ahead & manufacture the phonograph on a large scale. The business is being treated as an entirely serious affair & I saw that it was altogether too late to make any such proposition as that suggested in your letters to me. Seeing that it was useless to make any proposal I kept silent. The instrument which Edison has now got up is he says thoroughly practicable and can be used with ease as a Dictating Machine. Whether (assuming the instrument is perfect) it will prove a commercial success is a subject upon which you can judge as well, if not better than Ican. Edison & those around him seem confident that it will be a success. He has spent a great deal of mony in perfecting the appratus & from what I heard must be spending a great deal more in [overstruck:getting] putting it on the market.#Is there any other way in which I can server you in the matter. If you control the old Phonograph Co I will take any proposition which you may think proper to Edison provided I myself consider it at all practicable. Providing I am in accord with you I will have no hesitation in urging upon Edison as strongly as I am able to such proposal as you may indicateI am probably in a better position to do this now than even befroe as although connected with his business my relations are necessarily ot of that personal character as existed up to a year ago. Yours very Sincerely Saml Insull#I shall be here till Friday afternoon & New York (Hotel Normandie) Saturday am.






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